Rev. Riddle was the ninth and last president of Jefferson College. He was born in Martinsburg, Virginia, on April 14, 1805. He graduated from Jefferson College in 1823, at the age of 18. He was graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1828. For the next 29 years he served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Virginia (1828-1833), then in Pittsburgh (1833-1857). He was elected president of Jefferson College in 1862. He served as president until the union of the two colleges into Washington & Jefferson College in 1865. He then continued on as Adjunct Professor of Greek at the Jefferson campus until 1868. He returned to his birthplace where he served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church for 11 years, until 1879. He died in 1888 at the age of 83 years.
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