"action of presiding," 1590s, from French présidence (14c.), from Medieval Latin praesidentia (see presidency).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for presidence
To him was decreed the presidence of the Senate in perpetuity.
Three years after, in 1263, he brought his completed work to the chapter-general convoked under his presidence at Pisa.Life of St. Francis of Assisi
Organisation of a court-martial under the presidence of Rossel, chief officer of the staff.Paris under the Commune