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STEELE, John, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Salisbury, N.C., November 16, 1764; attended Clio's Nursery, near Statesville, N.C., and the English School, Salisbury, N.C.; farmer; assessor in 1784; town commissioner in 1787; member of the state house of commons in 1787, 1788, 1794, 1795, 1806, and 1811-1813; delegate to the Hillsborough convention in 1788; special commissioner from North Carolina to treat with the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians from 1788 to 1790; delegate to ratification convention in Fayetteville, 1789; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First and Second Congresses and served from April 19, 1790, until March 3, 1793; appointed Comptroller of the Treasury July 1, 1796; reappointed by both President John Adams and President Jefferson and served until December 15, 1802, when he resigned; member of the board of commissioners to determine the boundary line between North Carolina and Georgia 1805-1814; died August 14, 1815, in Salisbury, N.C., having been on the same day again elected to the state house of commons; interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: At least 1 item (1791) in the William Blount papers.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1801-1802. 6 letters. Finding aid in repository.

North Carolina State Department of Archives and History

Raleigh, NC
Papers: At least 4 letters (1790-1791) in the Governor's Letter book.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1716-1861. 2 feet (2,680 items). Business and family correspondence. Unpublished description in library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Battle, Kemp P. (Kemp Plummer). Letters of Nathaniel Macon, John Steele and William Barry Grove. With sketches and notes by Kemp P. Battle, LL. D. Chapel Hill, N. C.: The University, [1902].

Steele, John. The Papers of John Steele. Edited by H. M. Wagstaff. Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1924.

West, William Shepherd. "John Steele: Portrait of a Moderate Southern Federalist." Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972.

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