William Henry, fourth son of Samuel and Charity (Cummings) Truesdale, was born near Rochester, New York, October 30, 1844. His elementary education was acquired in the district school and at private academies, and he then prepared for college in the Benedict Classical School in Rochester. He took the arts course in the University of Rochester, was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and two years later the degree of Master of Arts was conferred upon him. He then commenced the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He never practiced law but devoted himself to the profession of teaching. This he commenced in rural schools, and became the principal of Nunda Academy in 1870, holding the position until 1875. From 1875 to 1880 he was principal of the schools in Olean, New York, and then held a similar position in the high school at Jamestown, New York. During the time he held this latter position he also conducted a manufacturing business until 1885. The next five years were devoted to his duties as principal of the Mohawk high school, and in September, 1890, he came to Geneva, New York, as principal of the high school, and in May, 1891, was elected superintendent and principal, a position he is still filling with honor and dignity. In political matters he affiliates with the Republican party, and he is a member of the Presbyterian church. His fraternal affiliations are with the Ark Lodge, No. 33, Free and Accepted Masons of Geneva, New York; University Club; Interstate Council of School Men.
Mr. Truesdale married at Rochester, New York, December 23, 1869. Agnes E., born in Rochester, daughter of Robert and Esther (Harvey) Young, of Rochester. Children: T. Elliott, a practicing attorney of Geneva, married Anna Knight, of Geneva, and has one son, Richard K.; Emily Agnes, married Rev. W. S. Watson, rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church of Brooklyn, New York, and has three sons, William T.. Thomas Y. and George H.; Ella Kate, living at home. Both daughters are graduates of Wells College.