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John Benedict STEELE

(1814-1866)

STEELE, John Benedict, a Representative from New York; born in Delhi, N.Y., March 28, 1814; attended Delaware Academy at Delhi and was graduated in law from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; was admitted to the bar of Otsego County in 1839 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, N.Y.; district attorney of Otsego County 1841-1847; moved to Kingston in 1847; elected special judge of Ulster County in 1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; was again a candidate for the nomination in 1866, but died on the eve of the primary; was accidentally killed in Rondout, near Kingston, N.Y., September 24, 1866; interment in Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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