Benjamin Alden Bidlack

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Benjamin Alden Bidlack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byJames Gerry
Succeeded byOwen D. Leib
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byDavid Petrikin
Succeeded byHenry Nes
Personal details
Born(1804-09-08)September 8, 1804
Paris, New York
DiedFebruary 6, 1849(1849-02-06) (aged 44)
Bogota, Colombia
Political partyDemocratic

Benjamin Alden Bidlack (September 8, 1804 – February 6, 1849) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Bidlack was born in Paris, New York, he moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and attended the public schools. He graduated from the Wilkes-Barre Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Wilkes-Barre, he was elected district attorney of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1825. He moved to Milford, Pennsylvania, in 1830, and served as Pike County treasurer in 1834, he returned to Wilkes-Barre, and was elected a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1835 and 1836. He was editor of the Republican Farmer and the Democratic Journal in Wilkes-Barre.

Bidlack was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses, he was appointed Chargé d'Affaires to Colombia on May 14, 1845. He successfully negotiated a “treaty of peace, amity, and navigation” with Colombia and secured for the United States the right to build a canal or railroad across the Isthmus of Panama, he died in Bogotá, Colombia in 1849, aged 44. He was interred in the English Cemetery.

Bidlack is remembered for signing the Mallarino–Bidlack Treaty, a treaty between New Granada (today Colombia and Panama) and the United States, on December 12, 1846;[1] he negotiated the pact with New Granada's commissioner Manuel María Mallarino.


  1. ^ Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, November 14, 1996. "Towards 1999 : Highlights of an Historical Review (US-Panama Relations) in the context of an Electoral and Democratic Evolution" Archived 2011-06-15 at the Wayback Machine by Eduardo Valdés E.


  • United States Congress. "Benjamin Alden Bidlack (id: B000445)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Petrikin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Nes
Preceded by
James Gerry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Owen D. Leib
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William M. Blackford
United States Chargé d'Affaires, New Granada
5 December 1845 – 6 February 1849
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Foote