Lindsey, Ben B.
- Ginette T. Aley
Lindsey, Ben B. (25 November 1869–26 March 1943), reformer and controversial Denver juvenile court founder, was born Benjamin Barr Lindsey in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of Landy Tunstall Lindsey, a former Confederate captain, and Letitia Barr, whose father owned a large plantation in Jackson. Lindsey’s childhood on the Barr family plantation was carefree, marred only by his father’s restlessness. A “rather moody and erratic character” (Larsen, p. 10), the elder Lindsey shocked the Barrs by converting his family from Episcopalianism to Catholicism when Ben was five. Increased tension on the Barr plantation caused Ben’s father to pursue a livelihood away from Jackson, as a telegrapher with the Denver and South Park Railroad. Ben was eleven when he and his brother joined his parents in Denver in 1880....