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John Franklin Lindley, American lawyer.


Lindley, John Franklin was born on August 29, 1918 in Reliance, South Dakota, United States. Son of William and Ozitte (King) Lindley.


Bachelor of Arts, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1938. Bachelor of Laws, University South Dakot, 1948.


James, Marianne, Suzanne, Paul. With General Accounting office, Washington, 1939-1941. Admitted to South Dakot bar, 1948.

Practice of laws with Master of Arts Brown, Chamberlain, 1948-1962, Brown and Lindley, 1962-1971. States attorney, Brule County, 1953, 57, 65-67. Lieutenant governor South Dakota, 1958-1960.

Clerk, Chamberlain Indiana School District, 1952-1960. South Dakot representative Interstate Oil Compact Commission. Civilian aide Secretary Army United States for South Dakot, 1962-1964.


Member South Dakot House of Representatives, 1951-1952. Served as First lieutenant, cavalry, Army of the United States, 1941-1946. Member American Legion, Veterans Foreign Wars.

American, South Dakot (president junior section 1951-1952), 4th Judicial Circuit (president 1958-1959, state bar commissioner 1966-1968) bar associations, South Dakota Young Democrats (state president 1948, national committeeman 1949-1950, regional director 1951). Mason (Shriner), Elk. Member Order Eastern Star.


Married Carina Kragt Smeets, April. Children: Robin (foster son), Philip.

William Lindley

Ozitte (King) Lindley

Carina Kragt Smeets

Philip Lindley

Robin Lindley (foster son)