William Lindsay

William Lindsay

Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Oct 1909 (aged 74)
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 7644184 · View Source
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United States Senator. He was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kentucky Senator John G. Carlisle and was elected for a full term totally serving from February 15, 1893 until March 3, 1901. He chaired the Committee on Indian Depredation and the Committee on Revolutionary Claims. With the median of 34.9% among Senators serving during 1901, he missed 366 out of 1,350 roll call votes, which is 27.1%. As the oldest son of Andrew Lindsay and Sally Gilmore, he had a simple upbringing attending local schools in Virginia. He was a third generation American with a Scottish Presbyterian background. He started his law studies under Judge John W. Brockenborough of Lexington, Virginia.In 1854 he moved to Kentucky and taught school while studying the law under Judge Edward Crossland. He was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice in Clinton, Kentucky in 1858. When the American Civil War began, he fought for the Confederacy serving in the infantry first as a private but moving up the ranks to a staff officer at the rank of captain. He served July 1861 to May 1865. He served in the Twenty-second Tennessee Infantry Company B and the valiant Seventy Kentucky Infantry serving under Col. Crossland. He was taken prisoner and paroled in Columbus, Mississippi. After the war, he returned to his law practice. He was elected to the Kentucky legislature from 1867 to 1870 and at the age of 35, the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1870 to 1878 where he served as Chief Justice during 1877 to 1878. He introduced a bill to support women's right to own property and make a will; this passed the U.S. Senate but not the House of Representatives. He was a young man known for his common sense, comprehensive knowledge of the law, a sound unbiased judgment and was very respected throughout the state. Lindsay practiced law in Frankfort for a number of years before being elected again to Kentucky legislature in 1890. The next year he was appointed a member at large of the World's Colombian Exposition, serving until his resignation in February 1893 at his appointment to the United States Senate. During the summer of 1898 and according to the newspaper “Louisville Dispatch”, Senator Lindsay expressed support for Nelson A. Miles for a United States Presidential candidate from the Democratic Party over the popular William Jenning Bryan. Although a Medal of Honor recipient, Miles carried a dark history in the South as he was a Union Army veteran and served as the jailer of the former President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis. Even with public opinion against him, Lindsay stood his ground. Bryan won the Democratic candidacy, but Republican William McKinley won the election becoming President of the United States. Lindsay was not a candidate for renomination in 1900. At this point, he relocated to New York City to practice law. In 1901, he was appointed the United States Commissioner to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis. He married three times. His third wife, Eleanor Holmes was a gracious hostess in their beautiful home and the National Vice-president of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with holding state officer positions and several national committee chairman positions. He had a daughter from an earlier marriage. The University of Kentucky has archived over 52 boxes of the Lindsay family's legal and financial documents, political speeches, family photographs, and account books that reflect the family's professional and personal lives.

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