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Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel Stotler Steel

Photo credit:

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




Session Position District Party
1885-1886 45 Republican
1887-1888 45 Republican
1889-1890 45 Republican
1891-1892 45 Republican
1893-1894 45 Republican
1895-1896 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.