William Lindsay

U.S. Congressperson

1835 – 1909

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Who was William Lindsay?

William Lindsay was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1893 to 1901.

Born near Lexington, Virginia, Lindsay attended the common schools and settled in Clinton, Kentucky in 1854. There he taught school and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Clinton in 1858. During the American Civil War, Lindsay served in the infantry in the Confederate States Army from July 1861 until May 1865, after which he resumed the practice of law in Clinton.

Linsay was a member of the Kentucky Senate from 1867 to 1870. He served as judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1870 to 1878, and served as chief justice of the court from 1876 to 1878. He then resumed the practice of law in Frankfort, Kentucky. He again joined the Kentucky Senate, serving from 1889 to 1893. He then served as United States Commissioner to the World's Columbian Exposition, held at Chicago, Illinois, in 1893.

Lindsay was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John G. Carlisle.

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Sep 4, 1835
Lexington city
Also known as
  • Judge William Lindsay
  • United States of America
Oct 15, 1909

on July 23, 2013


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