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
Lieutenant Edward H. Moren
Preceded by William Hugh Smith
Succeeded by David P. Lewis
Personal details
Born (1824-07-04)July 4, 1824
Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died February 13, 1902(1902-02-13) (aged 77)
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Miller Winston
Alma mater University of St Andrews

Robert Burns Lindsay (July 4, 1824, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland – February 13, 1902, Tuscumbia, Alabama) was the 22nd Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1870 to 1872.

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.

A Democrat, he was voted into the governorship in 1870 after a year of widespread anti-black terrorism, which included the lynching of four blacks and a white in Calhoun County, the murder of two blacks (one a Republican politician) in Greene County, and the October Eutaw riot.[1][2]


Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Smith
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
David P. Lewis