R.E. Steele

Robert E. Steele

Full Name: Robert E. "Honest Bob" Steele
Date of birth: October 1, 1840
Date of death: August 15, 1920

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 12, 1897 23rd (2)   24th (1)   Democrat Cotton Gin / Freestone   Brazos, Freestone, Limestone, Robertson
H 59 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (3)   Democrat Cotton Gin / Freestone   Freestone
H 59 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th   Democrat Cotton Gin / Freestone   Freestone
H 59 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (4)   Democrat Cotton Gin / Freestone   Freestone

(1) 24th Legislature - Roll of holdover Senators, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(2) 23rd Legislature - All 31 Senators are listed in Roll Call on First Day, 1/10/1893, p. 1; resolution by Sen. Cranford that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/11/1893, p. 5; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1893 January 11, 1893
(3) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 7th Texas Infantry and Tennessee Army. Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1893, pp. 531-532, crediting Palestine Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Confederate States Army, Company G, 7th Texas Infantry Regiment. Robert S. Steele, birth date 10/1/1840, death date 8/17/1920. Elected to 18th, 19th, & 20th legislatures, 1883-1885, elected to state Senate in 1892, from 12th district. Burial-Mexia. "Freestone Freemen." Freestone County, TXGenWeb Project.

Other Resources

  • Robert E. Steele, birth date 10/1/1840, death date 8/15/1920, burial in Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone County. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, Robert E. Steele, The Mexia Weekly Herald, 8/20/1920, p. 7, crediting Gibbs Memorial Library. "Familiarly called 'Honest Bob' . . . known in all his public and private dealings as 'Honest Bob Steele.'" Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • "Many are here for Mrs. Steele's burial," Mexia Weekly Herald, 2/17/1930. Josephine (Williams) Steele was married 30 Nov 1865 in Freestone County to Robert E. Steele. USGenWeb Project, 1996.

Photographs

  • Photograph. R.E. Steele, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.E. Steele, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.E. Steele, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. R.E. Steel, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

24th R.S. - 1895
Agricultural Affairs  
Claims and Accounts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses  
Education  
Finance  
General Land Office  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Penitentiaries  
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
Roads and Bridges (Chair) 
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
23rd R.S. - 1893
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Claims and Accounts  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Education  
Finance  
Internal Improvements  
Labor  
Penitentiaries  
Private Land Claims  
Rules  
20th R.S. - 1887
Capitol Dedication Arrangements  
Comptroller's Office, Examine  
Internal Improvement  
New Capitol, Governor's Message  
Privileges and Elections  
Revenue and Taxation  
State Affairs (Chair) 
19th R.S. - 1885
Agricultural  
Internal Improvement  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs (Chair) 
18th R.S. - 1883
Agricultural Affairs  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
Texas Siftings Publication, Select  

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