Legislation Quick Search
07/20/2019 10:12 PM
Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel Stotler Steel

Photo credit:

(Portrait) Rodearmel, Senate of Pa., 1895; also: Pittsburgh Gazette, February 19, 1904.




Session Year Position District Party
1885 45 Republican
1887 45 Republican
1889 45 Republican
1891 45 Republican
1893 45 Republican
1895 45 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1837 - 1904

Born in Antrim Township, Franklin County, April 9, 1837, Sam was the son of Samuel and Nancy Dietrich Steel, and great-grandson of the Rev. John Steel of Carlisle, known as the “Fighting Preacher” during the Revolution.  Steel’s father moved to Baltimore County, Maryland where Sam apprenticed as, and became a machine blacksmith.  The family moved to Pittsburgh in 1857, Steel travelling to Taunton, Massachusetts in 1864, to join the U.S. Navy.  Unsuccessful, he enlisted with Scott’s 16th Massachusetts Battery, age-26 at Reidsville Ms., serving on a dozen defensive posts in Maryland and Northern Virginia, protecting the nation’s capital through the end of the war.  After hostilities, he pursued the dairy business with his three brothers; became an undertaker in Carnegie, 1880; and entered Pittsburgh politics with the Magee-Flinn Republican faction.  He represented the 45th District in the state Senate, 1885-1896; was appointed an election judge in the 10th Regt., PVI, during the Spanish American War; and passed away on February 18, 1904.