LINDSAY, William, (1835 - 1909)

Senate Years of Service: 1893-1901
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

LINDSAY, William, a Senator from Kentucky; born near Lexington, Rockbridge County, Va., September 4, 1835; attended the common schools; settled in Clinton, Hickman County, Ky., in 1854; taught school and studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Clinton in 1858; during the Civil War served in the infantry in the Confederate Army from July 1861 until May 1865; resumed the practice of law in Clinton, Ky.; member, State senate 1867-1870; judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals 1870-1878; chief justice of the court 1876-1878; resumed the practice of his profession in Frankfort, Ky.; member, State senate 1889-1893; served as United States Commissioner to the World’s Columbian Exposition, held at Chicago, Ill., 1893; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John G. Carlisle; reelected in January 1894 and served from February 15, 1893, until March 3, 1901; was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Fifty-sixth Congress); moved to New York City and resumed the practice of his profession; appointed United States Commissioner to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis in 1901; died in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., October 15, 1909; interment in the State Cemetery.


Dictionary of American Biography; Schlup, Leonard. “William Lindsay and the 1896 Party Crisis.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 66 (January 1978): 22-23.