Member Biography

George Palmer Steele Sr.


Tin etching during 1857 Senate, by Bergner, Harrisburg


Sessions Office Position District Party
1857       16 Democrat
1858       16 Democrat
1859       10 Democrat


1801 - 02/02/1870

Judge George Palmer Steele, Sr. (D16) Columbia, Luzerne and Montour Counties 1857-1858 (D16) Luzerne County 1859

Early Life: 

Judge George Palmer Steele, Sr., born 1801; son of Joseph Sarah and Ransom Steele; sheriff of Luzerne County, 1841-1844; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857-1859; married, Susannah B. Chrisman Steele, (d.1847) children, Harriet Steele, Harrison Steele; married, Lydia Doak Eldridge Steele, son, George Palmer Steele, Jr.; engaged, hotel keeping, erected, Luzerne House, known for years as Steele's Hotel; Associate Judge, Courts of Luzerne County; died, February 2, 1870 (aged 69), suddenly, residence, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Columbia, Luzerne and Montour Counties, 1857-1858, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Luzerne County 1859. 

Appointed, Associate Judge of the Courts of Luzerne County.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania) Thursday, February 10, 1870, · Page 3.

George Palmer Steele Sr. (1801-1870) - Find a Grave Memorial