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William B. Teasdale

William B. Teasdale was born in Potosi, Missouri, September 12, 1856.  His education was secured at the public schools in Potosi, and afterwards he attended the St. Louis University, from which institution he was graduated.  He took up the study of law, and obtained a degree from the St. Louis Law School in 1887.  He returned to Potosi after being admitted to the bar, and practiced there for two years, coming to this town in 1879.  Two years later, William H. Wallace, then Prosecuting Attorney, made him Assistant Prosecutor, and he served throughout Mr. Wallace's terms office.  Mr. Teasdale is a Democrat, yet when he was made the nominee of his party for Justice of the Peace in a stronghold of Republicanism, because of his work as Assistant Prosecutor he was elected by a flattering majority.

     He was elected to the State Senate in 1888, and served throughout his term as a member of the Judiciary Committee.

     In 1889 Mr. Teasdale, R. J. Ingraham and William S. Cowherd formed a law partnership under the firm name of Teasdale, Ingraham & Cowherd, which continued for ten years.

     In March, 1901, a fifth division was added to the Jackson County Circuit Court, and Mr. Teasdale, who was almost the unanimous choice of the Bar Association, was appointed to the bench.  He was nominated for the place by the Democratic party in 1902.

     Mr. Teasdale was married to Miss Lydia Guinotte in 1883.
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