William L. Cottrell
William L. Cottrell

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

WILLIAM L. COTTRELL, son of John and Sarah Cottrell, was born in the town of Poestenkill, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., Oct. 6, 1829. He spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attending school, and during his early manhood was a teacher.

His acknowledged ability in education matters in after-years caused him to be brought into favor with the people, and in 1864 he was elected school commissioner, which office he held to the satisfaction of his constituents, and performed his duties with honor to himself for two terms.

He has ever been conversant with the leading topics of interest at home and abroad, and interested in all legislation that effects the rights of the citizen. Somewhat active in politics, he has always stood an unswerving supporter of Democratic principles in the town and county.

Both his father and mother died in Poestenkill.

Residence of William L. and Mary E. P. Cottrell, Poestenkill, N. Y.

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