Biography of William B. Printer
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD PRENTER holds the office of general secretary treasurer of the national organization of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and is prominently concerned in enterprises of broad scope and importance in the City of Cleveland.

Mr. Prenter was born in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 17th of May, 1855, and is a son of the late Edward and Sarah (Wallace) Prenter, who were born and reared in the north of Ireland, where their marriage was solemnized and whence they came to the United States in the year 1842. They maintained their residence in Philadelphia until 1872, when they removed to Toronto, Canada, where they passed the remainder of their lives. Mr. Prenter was American representative of a large linen manufacturing company in Ireland, the brother of his wife having been one of the heaviest stockholders in this company.

William B. Prenter was five years old when he was sent to the old home of his parents in Ireland, and he there remained and attended school in the City of Belfast until 1872, when, at the age of seventeen years, he rejoined his parents, who in that year established their home at Toronto, Canada. In Canada, Mr. Prenter entered the service of the Grand Trunk Railway, and in 1882 he became a locomotive engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1884 he was made foreman of the railroad and car shops of this system at Ottawa, Canada, and he continued in the service of the Canadian Pacific until 1896.

In 1896 Mr. Prenter was elected secretary treasurer of the insurance department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and in May of that year he established his home and official headquarters at Cleveland, Ohio. He continued his effective service with the insurance department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers until 1904, when, at the Los Angeles meeting of the general organization, he was elected general or grand secretary treasurer of the brotherhood, an office of which he has since continued the able and valued incumbent. He is also vice president and cashier of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank at Cleveland, and a director of the Empire Trust Company of New York City, a financial institution largely controlled by the brotherhood of which he is a prominent official. Mr. Prenter is vice president and a director of the Colonial Savings & Loan Company of Cleveland, is a director of the Security Savings & Loan Company of this city, and a director of the Federal Mortgage & Financial Company and the Denman Myers Cord Tire Company, both of Cleveland, besides which he is vice president of the Coal River Colliery Company of Huntington, West Virginia, and a director of the Lake Shore Stone Products Company, of Cleveland. He is general secretary treasurer of the pension department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and he is past grand regent of Ohio Grand Council of the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Prenter has proved himself a man of thought and action and has shown marked ability in the directing of interests of broad scope and importance, the while his personality is such that his circle of friends is coincident with that of his acquaintances.

As a young man Mr. Prenter wedded Miss Elizabeth Maher of Toronto; Canada, and their one living child is a daughter, Lillian, who is the wife of Eugene F. Hackman of Cleceland, their children being William, aged twelve years (1923), and Mary Josephine, aged five years.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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