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Dr William L. Steele
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1833
Pendleton
Anderson County
South Carolina, USA
Death: May 16, 1909
Helena
Lewis and Clark County
Montana, USA

May thanks to Tom Todd for the following information:


He was one of sixteen children born to William and Margaret (Guyton) Steele and three of the brothers eventually moved to Montana. He received an excellent early education at the John L Kennedy Classical School and the Thalion Academy in South Carolina. He entered the South Carolina Medical College at Charleston in 1854 and graduated in 1875 with Medical Doctorate degree. He first practiced medicine with the Raburn Gap Railroad where he remained for two years. In 1859 he journeyed to Missouri City, Gilpin County, Colorado where he secured a placer mining claim. He worked the claim until 1862 and practiced medicine as his services were required. While in Colorado he became superintendent of the consolidated ditch, which supplied water to the placer mines, and he devoted considerable attention to stock raising. By 1863 he was a resident of Bannack City, Montana and then moved to Alder Gulch when gold was discovered there. He was the first president of the mining district. As such, he presided over the Miners Court and sentenced several outlaws to be hanged. In November of 1864 he relocated to Helena which was just a mining camp and became a strong factor in the progress of the area. He acquired successful mining operations in Grizzly gulch, Deer Lodge County, and McClellan Gulch. He also was involved in cattle raising and freighting to Fort Benton. In 1869 he was elected sheriff of Lewis and Clark County. During this two year duty he displayed dauntless courage and was responsible for a drastic reduction of lawlessness in the county. From 1871 to 1898 he returned to medical practice and served as a member of the state senate in 1896. He served as county coroner for ten years and was asked to run for governor in 1898. Apparently he declined this honor as there is no record of his candidacy. He held membership in the state and county medical societies, Knights of Columbus, and Ancient Order of United Workmen. He also served as president of the Association of Montana Pioneers. In his personal life he was married to Miss Agnes Forbis of Missouri in 1865. They had two sons, Turner A and Frank B, and a daughter, Agnes. 
 
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  Agnes Forbis Steele (1844 - 1933)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
PIONEER 1863
 
Burial:
Forestvale Cemetery
Helena
Lewis and Clark County
Montana, USA
 
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Dec 24, 2007
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Dr William L. Steele
Added by: Tom Todd
 
Dr William L. Steele
Added by: A Marine's Daughter
 
Dr William L. Steele
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May you rest in glorious peace
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Sep. 7, 2009
May eternal blessings be yours
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Dec. 24, 2007
 
 
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