Lindley, Curtis Holbrook was born on December 14, 1850 in Marysville, California, United States. Son of Charles and Ann Eliza (Downey) Lindley.
Educated Santa Clara (California) College, 1863-1865, Eagleswood Military Academy, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 1865-1866, McClure’s Military Academy, Oakland, California, and San Francisco High School, 1868-1870, University of California, 1870-1872. (Doctor of Laws, University of Santa Clara, 1912, and University of California, 1917).
Appointed secretary California Code Commission, 1872. Admitted to bar, May 1872, and engaged in practice. City attorney, Stockton, California, 1883.
Judge Superior Court, Amador Company, California, 1884-1885. Now practicing at San Francisco. Honorary professor department of jurisprudence, University of California, since 1900.
Lecturer, department of jurisprudence, Leland Stanford Junior U., 1900-1902. Chief counsel United States Food Administration, 1917.