Fayette County Genealogy Project
SAMUEL STEELE was born June 15, 1814, of Scotch-Irish parentage. He was reared and educated near Brownsville, worked on his father's farm until 1832 when he became an apprentice to the tanning business under his brother-in-law, Jesse Cunningham. Later he was variously engaged in business. He succeeded Mr. Cunningham in the tanning business in 1843, and seventeen years later opened a tannery under the firm name of Samuel Steele & Son. Mr. Steele's parents were John and Agnes (Happer) Steele, and in 1852 Mr. Steele married Elizabeth A. Conwell and reared a family of eight children. He was a Whig and Republican, and a Presbyterian.