Charles Bidwill

Charles Bidwill

About Charles Bidwill

Charles W. Bidwill (September 16, 1895 - April 19, 1947), sometimes known as Charley Bidwill, was an owner of the NFL's Chicago Cardinals. He owned the team for 14 seasons from 1933 until 1947. His interest in sports was demonstrated by his two aims in life: to win an NFL Championship and the Kentucky Derby. He would accomplish neither during his lifetime, although his Cardinals would go on to win the 1947 NFL title only eight months after his death. Charles was the son of Chicago 9th Ward Alderman Joseph Edward Bidwill and Mary Anne Sullivan. His eldest brother Joseph Edward Bidwill, Jr. was a Clerk of the Chicago Circuit Court, and his younger brother Arthur John Bidwill was a Republican State Senator. Prior to his ownership of the Cardinals, Bidwill was a successful businessman and wealthy lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, with ties to organized crime boss Al Capone.