Lumberman, banker, born on April 29, 1865, Port Carbon, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania, the son of Amos Kimble and Sarah A. (Keiser) Steele, originally of Chester and Berks Counties. The family moved to Sunbury, Northumberland County, when Charles was young. He was educated in Sunbury, Pa. public schools, Sunbury High School, and pursued the lumber manufacturing and wholesale business under William Whitmer; serving as a bookkeeper and a “traveling representative” for the company, eventually becoming a member of the firm in 1890. From 1896 to 1922, Steele served as treasurer and vice president of William Whitmer and Sons, eventually merging with the Whitmer-Steele Co. In 1926, Steele and brother Harry absorbed the former Whitmer interests, Charles becoming President of the company, with several milling operations in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Steele served as president of the Northumberland National Bank; 1922-1951; vice president of the Lewisburg Trust and Safe Deposit Company, 1907-1923; president, 1923; chairman of the board of the former, 1925; and the director of the Sunbury Trust and Safe Deposit Co. Steele’s philanthropic ventures included sizable donations to Susquehanna University, serving as a board member, 1902-1951 (legacies are the Charles Steele and daughter Mary Steele scholarships); and the Charles Steele School in Northumberland. He served as a member and president of the Northumberland town council, 1893-1895; chief burgess of Northumberland, 1909-1914; chairman of the Northumberland branch of the Red Cross; and a member of numerous fraternal and civic organizations. Charles was an alternate delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention. He married Mary L. Seid of Northumberland in 1892. Former Senator Steele died in 1951.
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