STEELE, John, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Salisbury, N.C., November 16,
1764; attended Clios Nursery, near Statesville, N.C., and the English School, Salisbury, N.C.;
farmer; assessor in 1784; town commissioner in 1787; member of the state house of commons in
1787, 1788, 1794, 1795, 1806, and 1811-1813; delegate to the Hillsborough convention in 1788;
special commissioner from North Carolina to treat with the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians from
1788 to 1790; delegate to ratification convention in Fayetteville, 1789; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First and Second Congresses and served from April 19, 1790, until
March 3, 1793; appointed Comptroller of the Treasury July 1, 1796; reappointed by both President
John Adams and President Jefferson and served until December 15, 1802, when he resigned; member
of the board of commissioners to determine the boundary line between North Carolina and Georgia
1805-1814; died August 14, 1815, in Salisbury, N.C., having been on the same day again elected to
the state house of commons; interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
BibliographyWest, William Shepherd. John Steele: Portrait of a
Moderate Southern Federalist. Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972.