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