Jimmy Biddle

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James Biddle (died in 2005). "As president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mr. Biddle, known as Jimmy, defended architectural landmarks like Grand Central Terminal and the original exterior of the United States Capitol...

"In his 12 years at the National Trust, the organization reached beyond the East Coast to designate historic sites as far away as California, and it began awarding grants and loans to support neighborhood preservation projects. When he left in 1980, the trust's membership had grown to 150,000, from 13,000.

"Mr. Biddle was previously a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York...

"He left in 1967 to lead the National Trust until 1980, when he became a consultant to Sotheby Parke Bernet and chairman of the National Preservation Institute.

"He is survived by two daughters, Letitia C. and Pamela C.; a son, James C.; and seven grandchildren. His marriage to Louisa C. Duemling ended in divorce." [1]

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