Biddle, Francis Beverley

Biddle, Francis Beverley, 1886–1968, U.S. Attorney General (1941–45), b. Paris, France, of American parents. Secretary to Associate Justice O. W. Holmes (1912), he became a successful corporation lawyer. He served as National Labor Relations Board chairman (1934–35) and as appellate judge (1939–40) before succeeding Robert H. Jackson as solicitor general (1940) and as attorney general. Biddle was (1945–46) a U.S. judge for the trial of war criminals at Nuremberg.

See his autobiographical A Casual Past (1961) and In Brief Authority (1962).

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