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