The Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks document through clippings,
correspondence, and ephemeral materials Dr. Lindley’s most notable endeavors, including the
formation and management of the California Hospital and nursing program, his candidacy for mayor
of Los Angeles, the development of the Whittier State School, time served on the Los Angeles
Public Library board and the founding of a tuberculosis sanitarium in Idyllwild.
Dr. Walter Lindley (1852-1922) was born in Monrovia, Indiana, January 13, 1852. He was the son
of Milton Lindley, merchant, treasurer and commissioner of Los Angeles County and Mary E.
Lindley (born Mary E. Banta). During boyhood he attended school and worked on a farm. He
graduated from Keen's School of Anatomy in Philadelphia in 1872, followed by Long Island College
Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1875. During his final year of college he was appointed by the
Brooklyn Board of Health as ambulance surgeon and was also resident physician for the Eastern
District Hospital in Williamsburg.
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