David Linton

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This article is about the American judge and college fraternity co-founder. For the British geographer, see David Leslie Linton.

David Linton (1815–1889) was one of eight founders of Beta Theta Pi, a college fraternity founded at Miami University in 1839.

He was born January 30, 1815, in Clinton County, Ohio, to Nathaniel Matthew Linton and Elizabeth Rachel Smith. He received his A.B. degree from Miami University in 1839 and his LL.B. from Cincinnati in 1840. Linton worked as a lawyer in Wilmington, Ohio, Clinton County, Ohio, and finally Linn County, Kansas, where he was a probate judge (1867–69). Linton also served as a state senator for Ohio (1851–55) before he moved to Kansas. He died August 10, 1889, in Linn County.

See also[edit]

List of Beta Theta Pi members

External links[edit]


  • Brown, James T., ed., Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi, New York: 1917.