Mary Duke Biddle (November 16, 1887-June 14, 1960), née Mary Lillian Duke , was an American philanthropist, the daughter of Benjamin Newton Duke, a co-founder with his brother of the American Tobacco Company, and Sarah Pearson Angier Duke. Events 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published Year 1887 ( MDCCCLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1276 - While taking exile in Fuzhou in southern China, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnants of the Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Benjamin Newton Duke ( April 25, 1855 &ndash January 8, 1929) was a U The American Tobacco Company was founded in 1890 by J B Duke as a merger between a number of Tobacco manufacturers including Allen and Ginter and Born in Durham, North Carolina, Biddle went on to attend Durham's Trinity College, the institutional predecessor of Duke University, which was named in honor of her family. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States Duke University is a private Research University located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. She graduated in 1907 with a degree in English. English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of Literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U
She was a great enthusiast for the arts and travelled frequently with her family to New York City for the theatre and opera, later becoming an accomplished singer and musican. 
In 1918 she was given her father's brick-and-limestone Beaux-Arts townhouse on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, built in 1901; it is one of only nine surviving mansions on Fifth Avenue. Beaux Arts architecture denotes the academic classical Architectural style that was taught at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Her marriage to Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. in 1915 ended in divorce in 1931. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr, also known as A J Drexel Biddle Jr She and her husband owned an estate, "Linden Court", in Tarrytown, New York, bought from the William R. Tarrytown is a village in the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, United States. Harris family in 1921. It still stands today as The Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center.  
She established the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in 1956. Since then the Foundation has donated more than $28 million in grants to non-profit organizations.