James Girard Lindsley

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James Girard Lindsley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byHenry G. Burleigh
Succeeded byStephen T. Hopkins
Personal details
Born(1819-03-19)March 19, 1819
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedDecember 4, 1898(1898-12-04) (aged 79)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Resting placeMontrepose Cemetery in Kingston, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah Esther Tompkins Lindsley
Laura B. Oatley Lindsley
ChildrenAnna Lindsley McAllister

James Girard Lindsley (March 19, 1819 – December 4, 1898) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Born in Orange, New Jersey, Lindsley attended the public schools, the military academy in Orange operated by Truman B. Ransom, and Pierson's Orange Classical School.


Lindsley moved to New York and was a trustee of the village of Rondout, New York from 1859 to 1864. He also served as president of the village of Rondout in 1852 and 1867-1869.

An ardent Whig, Republican, and Liberal, Lindsley was elected supervisor of Kingston, New York, in March 1872 and in April of the same year was elected the first mayor of Kingston, to which office he was reelected for six consecutive years. He was general manager of the Newark Lime & Cement Manufacturing Co., Kingston, New York, and was the organizer and president of the Kingston Water Co.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress, Lindsley served as United States Representative for the first district of New York (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1886.[2]


Lindsley died in Kingston, New York, on December 4, 1898 (age 79 years, 260 days). He is interred at Montrepose Cemetery in Kingston, New York.

Personal life[edit]

The son of John Morris and Charlotte Taylor Lindsley, he married Sarah Esther Tompkins on September 25, 1844,[3] and they had one daughter, Anna Lindsley McAllister. Sarah died on June 29, 1876, and Lindsley married Laura B. Oatley on July 3, 1877.


  1. ^ "James Girard Lindsley". PA Roots Ancestry.com - Genealogy. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lindsley, James Girard. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Thomas William Herringshaw American Publishers' Association, 1904. p. 688.
  3. ^ "James Girard Lindsley". 2002-2012 by David E. Condit. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry G. Burleigh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen T. Hopkins

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.