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LINDSEY, William, born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, 4 September, 1835. He received an education in the schools of his native place, and in 1854 removed to Hickman county, Kentucky, where he taught, studied law, and was admitted to practice in 1858 At the opening of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as lieutenant, and was soon made captain in the 22d Tennessee infantry. He served as staff-officer with General Buford and General Lyon, and remained with the 2d Kentucky brigade until paroled as a prisoner of war early in 1865, at Columbus, Mississippi At the close of hostilities he returned to Clinton, Kentucky, resumed the practice of his profession, and was elected to the state senate in 186'7. In 1870 he was chosen to the highest judicial bench in the state, and in September, 1876, he became chief justice of Kentucky, leaving the bench two years afterward with a high reputation. He declined a renomination, and has since followed the profession of law at Frankfort.
LINDSLEY, Philip, educator, born in Morristown, New Jersey, 21 December, 1786; died in Nashville, Tennessee, 25 May, 1855. He was graduated at Princeton in 1804, and after teaching he was appointed in 1807 tutor in Latin and Greek at Princeton. Meanwhile he studied theology, and was licensed to preach in April, 1810. In 1812 he returned to Princeton, after preaching in various places, as senior tutor. He was made professor of languages in 1813, and at the same time became secretary of the board of trustees. In 1817 he was elected vice president and after the resignation of Ashbel Green in 1822, he was for one year acting president, but in the succeeding year was chosen president of Cumberland college (now University of Nashville), and also of Princeton, both of which he declined; but later he was again offered the presidency of Cumberland. He was finally induced to visit Nashville, and the result of his trip was his acceptance of the office in 1824. He continued his relations with that college until 1850, when he accepted the professorship of archaeology and church polity in the Presbyterian theological seminary in New Albany, Indiana, which he held until 1853. Meanwhile he declined the presidency of numerous colleges. He was chosen moderator in 1834 of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church, held in Philadelphia, and in 1855 commissioner of the presbytery to the general assembly in Nashville. In 1825 he received the degreeof D. D. from Dickinson college. His publications, consisting chiefly of baccalaureate addresses and occasional sermons, were collected by Leroy J. Halsey, and published as "Dr. Lindsley's Complete Works and a Biography" (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1868). See also "A Sketch of the Life and Educational Labors of Philip Lindsley," by Leroy J. Halsey (Hartford, 1859).--His son, Nathaniel Lawrence, educator, born in Princeton, New Jersey, 11 September, 1816; died near Lebanon, Tennessee, 10 October, 1868, was graduated at the University of Nashville in 1836, and devoted himself to the study of languages, reaching a high rank as a philologist. For many years he was professor of languages in Cumberland university, and subsequently founded Greenwood seminary. He was associated with Dr. Joseph E. Worcester in the preparation of the dictionary that bears his name, and had projected a great work to be entitled "An Encyclo-Lexicon of the English Language." In 1859 he received the degree of LL.D. from Cumberland university.--Another son, John Berrien, physician, born in Princeton, New Jersey, 24 October, 1822, was graduated at the University of Nashville in 1839, and in 1843 at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed professor of chemistry in the University of Nashville in 1850, and held that chair until 1873, meanwhile founding the medical departments of that university and becoming its dean. He was its chancellor from 1855 until 1870, preserving the university unharmed during the civil war; and also was professor of chemistry in the medical department of the University of Tennessee in 1880-'2. He was a member of the Nashville board of education in 1856 -'60, held the office of superintendent of city schools in 1866, and was secretary of the state board of education in 1875-'87. He was health officer of the city of Nashville in 1876-'80, secretary of the state board of health in 1877-'9, and in 1884 was chosen again for a term of eight years. Dr. Lindsley has also been treasurer of the American public health association since 1879, and has been actively connected with other scientific societies. In 1858 he received the degree of D.D. from Princeton. He has contributed articles on Cumberland Presbyterian history to the "Quarterly" of that church (1875-'80), also papers on prison reform and African colonization, which have been reprinted and widely circulated. The second and third "Reports of the Nashville Board of Health" (1877-'9) and the second "Report of the State Board of Health" (1880) were edited by him, also "The Military Annals of Tennessee, Confederate" (first series, Nashville, 1886).
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