Robert B. Lindsay

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Robert Burns Lindsay
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22nd Governor of Alabama
In office
November 26, 1870 – November 17, 1872
LieutenantEdward H. Moren
Preceded byWilliam Hugh Smith
Succeeded byDavid P. Lewis
Personal details
Born(1824-07-04)July 4, 1824
Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
DiedFebruary 13, 1902(1902-02-13) (aged 77)
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sarah Miller Winston
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews

Robert Burns Lindsay (July 4, 1824, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland – February 13, 1902, Tuscumbia, Alabama) was a Scots-American politician, elected as the 22nd Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama during Reconstruction, and serving one term from 1870 to 1872.[1]

Lindsay studied at the University of St Andrews before emigrating to the United States in 1844. He served in both the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate prior to the American Civil War.

1870 political campaign[edit]

A Democrat, Lindsay was elected as governor in 1870, following a year of white terrorism against blacks: violence, including murders, and intimidation of black and white Republicans, and freedmen supporters. As examples, five Republicans, four black and one white, were lynched in Calhoun County; three blacks (two who were Republican politicians) were murdered in Greene County, in March and October; the white Republican County Solicitor was murdered there in March; and on October 25, a Republican rally of 2,000 blacks was disrupted by a mob of whites, who killed four blacks and wounded 54 in the Eutaw riot.[2] Blacks were intimidated and stayed home from the polls, with Democratic white voters in Greene County and elsewhere taking the state for Lindsay.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alabama : Past Governors Bios". National Governors Association. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Waldrep, Christopher (2011). Jury Discrimination: The Supreme Court, Public Opinion, and a Grassroots Fight for Racial Equality in Mississippi. U of Georgia P. pp. 137–38. ISBN 9780820341941.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Alabama
Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Smith
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
David P. Lewis