John B. Steele

For other people with the same name, see John Steele (disambiguation).
John Benedict Steele, Congressman from New York

John Benedict Steele (March 28, 1814 September 24, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from New York in the American Civil War.


Born in Delhi, New York, Steele attended Delaware Academy at Delhi and attended Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, but left before graduating to study law in Delhi with Amasa Parker and Amasa J. Parker.

He completed his studied with Abraham Becker of Worcester, New York, was admitted to the bar of Otsego County in 1839 and commenced practice in Oneonta, New York.

He served as district attorney of Otsego County from 1841 until he moved to Kingston in 1847. In Kingston, he formed a partnership with General George H. Sharpe.

Steele was elected special judge of Ulster County in 1850 and in 1860 as a Democrat. He was then reelected to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses serving from (March 4, 1861 March 3, 1865). He served on committees on the District of Columbia, Revolutionary Pensions and the Pacific Railroad. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress.

He was again a candidate for the nomination in 1866, but died on the eve of the primary, when he died in an accident in Rondout, near Kingston, New York, on September 24, 1866. While descending Hone Street, his horse was startled, crashing his carriage against an awning post, against which Steele was thrown before falling to the ground. He suffered a cracked skull, broken ribs and other internal injuries and died later that day. He was interred in Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston, New York.[1]


  1. Kappa Alpha. Massachusetts Alpha, Williams College (1881). A Biographical Record of the Kappa Alpha Society in Williams College, Williamstown, Mass: From Its Foundation to the Present Time. 1833-1881. pp. 58=59. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Kenyon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Winfield
Preceded by
Abram B. Olin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edwin N. Hubbell

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