STEELE, George Washington, (1839 - 1922)


An Illustrated Congressional Manual. The United States Red Book, 1896, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

STEELE, George Washington, a Representative from Indiana; born near Connersville, Fayette County, Ind., December 13, 1839; attended the common schools and Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hartford City, Ind.; during the Civil War served with the Twelfth Indiana Regiment and the One Hundred and First Indiana Regiment from May 1861, until the close of the war; commissioned and served in the Fourteenth Regiment, United States Infantry, from February 23, 1866, to February 1, 1876; resigned and engaged in agricultural pursuits and pork packing until 1882; first Governor of Oklahoma Territory in 1890 and 1891; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1889); member of the Board of Managers of the National Military Home from April 21, 1890, to December 10, 1904; elected to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1903); chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-seventh Congress); governor of the National Military Home in Marion, Ind., from December 11, 1904, to May 31, 1915, when he resigned; died in Marion, Grant County, Ind., July 12, 1922; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.