William Waddell Skinner is a native of Marengo. Illinois, born January 14, 1860. His preliminary education was obtained in the public schools of Prattsburg. and later he attended the Buffalo university, graduating from the medical department in 1887. In 1880, prior to taking up the study of medicine, he served in the capacity of teacher in the schools of Prattsburg. After his graduation he entered upon the active practice of his chosen calling, locating in Geneva.
In addition to his private practice. Dr. Skinner serves as surgeon of the New York Central & Hudson River railroad, consulting surgeon of the Willard State Hospital, and a member of the staff of the Geneva City Hospital. He keeps in touch with the advanced thought along the line of his profession by membership in the New York State Medical Society, the Ontario County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. His political affiliation is with the Republican party.
Dr. Skinner married, at Naples, New York, August 22, 1880, Hattie May Scofield, born June 25, 1863, at Benton, New York, daughter of John P. and Deborah Louisa (Townsend) Scofield, died October 28, 1896. Children: Alexander W., Margaret M., William H., Harriet M. Dr. Skinner married (second) January 4, 1898, Margaret Jennie Sheehan, born in Vine Valley, New York, September 16, 1869. Children: Philip Waddell, Mary Fahy.