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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY. 377~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Philip Lindsley, LL. D:, D. D., was one of
the most philosophical and accomplished
minds of this country, and one of the leading
spirits of his time. So says the eminent Dr.
Leroy J. Halsey, now of the McCormick
Theological Institute, of Chicago, in his preface
to "'The Life and Writings of Philip
Lindsley, Theological, Educational and Miscellaneous:"
3 volumes. Here will be found
the richest treasures of thought, concentrated
into a single discourse. A man of impetuous
and imperious energy, his sermons, lectures,
and orations, wielded a vast influence
for good throughout the whole country.
His great life work was as President of the
University of Nashville, Tennessee, for which
undeveloped field of labor, (and that he might
develope it), he left the Presidency of Princeton
College, New Jersey. Indeed, he was
elected to, and declined, the presidency of
more American colleges than any other man
of his age.
The father of the subject of our sketch,
l)r. N. Lawrence Lindsley, an educator and
scholar of national reputation, added lustre
to the literary life of Tennessee, and was a
man of singular beauty of character, blended
with ability and erudition rarely equaled.
He had in preparation, but which his death
left undone, a noble work, such, indeed, under
the same name and of similar scope, as the
dictionary recently published by the Century
Company. After helping largely to
build up Cumberland University, at Lebanon,
Tennessee, while professor of Ancient and
Modern Languages, and of Mathematics, he
founded, at his own elegant residence, near
by, a school for young ladies, the Greenwood
Seminary, which became known as one of the
foremost schools of the South. After his
death, his accomplished widow, Mrs. Julia
M. Lindsley, carried it on with signal ability
and success. This lady's excellence of mind
and heart won the strong affection of pupil
and friend. Her father, Moses Stevens, was
an eminent educator at Nashville, Tennessee.
So that Mr. Lindsley comes of an educated
race, and a family of educators, whose students
are now scattered over Texas and the
Southwest, filling posts of honor and usefulness.
The subject of this sketch was born in
Nashville, Tennessee. In 1872 he was President
of the City Council of Nashville, and
at the same time was a member of the Tennessee
Legislature, from the old I-Iermitage district.
His wife, Mrs. Louise D. Lindsley, is a
daughter of the late Chancellor, -Ienry Dickinson,
of Columbus, Mississippi. Their children
are Henry D., now in business with his
father; Annie Louise; McGavock; and twin
daughters, Julia and Kate. On her mother's
side, Mrs. Lindsley is a great-granddaughter
of Felix Grundy, the invincible advocate and
lawyer, and Attorney General of the United
States, whose wonderful achievements at the
bar, will always live in American traditions.
Her maternal grandfather was Jacob McGavock,
who moved to Tennessee from
Wytheville, Virginia, where his immediate
relatives of the same name still live. His
name was a synonyme in Nashville, for more
than fifty years, for all that was good and
noble. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsley, of Dallas, are
thus directly descended from the noblest
families of the land.
Mr. Lindsley removed to Dallas in 1875,
and for twelve years after settling here, he
was engaged in a large and successful law
practice. He has numbered among his cli.
ents, three Dallas banks, the Pacific Express
Company, Wells, Fargo
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/387/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.