Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Sr.
Military Officer, Military Person
1874 – 1948
Who was Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Sr.?
Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle I, also known as Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Sr., was the man upon whom the book My Philadelphia Father and the play and film The Happiest Millionaire were based. He was a fellow of the American Geographical Society and was renowned as an eccentric gentleman whose fortune allowed him to pursue theatricals, self-published writing, athletics, and Christianity on a full-time basis; he also kept alligators as pets. He founded a movement called "Athletic Christianity" that eventually attracted 300,000 members around the world. A 1955 Sports Illustrated article called him "boxing's greatest amateur" as well as a "major factor in the re-establishment of boxing as a legal and, at that time, estimable sport."
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- Oct 1, 1874
- Also known as
- Anthony Drexel Biddle
- Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle I
- United States of America
- May 27, 1948
- Resting place
- The Woodlands
on July 23, 2013
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