William Dell Lindsley served as a Representative from Ohio in the Thirty-third Congress of the United States, from 1853 through 1855. He was a Captain in the Ohio Militia from 1840 to 1843 and as Brigadier General in 1843. Helen Hansen wrote in AT HOME IN EARLY SANDUSKY, that "the General" would often hold military drills in the public square of Sandusky. During a cholera epidemic in Sandusky, his house on South Columbus Avenue was a refuge for people from the city who wanted to escape the epidemic.
William Dell Lindsley was married to Minerva Bell. W. D. Lindsley died on March 11, 1890. Mrs. Lindsley had died in 1888. They are buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A photograph of W. D. Lindsley is featured on the Sandusky History website.