Lindsley, Smith M. was born on April 11, 1847 in Monticello, New York, United States. Son of Rufus B. and Seeny J. (Weed) Lindsley.
Educated Monticello Academy, graduate 1866, and 2 years Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania.
Admitted to bar, 1870. Now member Lindsley & Mackie. Corporation counsel City of Utica, New York, 1872-1873.
Chairman Civ. Service Commission, 1894, City Audit Board, 1895, Police and Fire Commission, 1904. Declined nomination for justice Superior Court, New York, 1906. State grand regent Royal Arcanum, 1879, supreme regent, 1887-1888.