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William Lindsay (September 4, 1835 – October 15, 1909) was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1893 to 1901.

William Lindsay
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United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
February 15, 1893 – March 4, 1901
Preceded byJohn G. Carlisle
Succeeded byJoseph C.S. Blackburn
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1835-09-04)September 4, 1835
Lexington, Virginia
DiedOctober 15, 1909(1909-10-15) (aged 74)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic

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. He was reelected, and served in total from February 15, 1893, until March 3, 1901, and chaired the Committee on Indian Depredations and the Committee on Revolutionary Claims. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1900, but instead moved to New York City and practiced law. He was appointed United States Commissioner to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901. He died in Frankfort, and was interred in the State Cemetery.

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John G. Carlisle
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
Served alongside: Joseph C. S. Blackburn, William J. Deboe
Succeeded by
Joseph C. S. Blackburn


  • United States Congress. "William Lindsay (id: L000327)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Dictionary of American Biography; Schlup, Leonard. "William Lindsay and the 1896 Party Crisis." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 66 (January 1978): 22-23.

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