George Washington Steele

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.