George Burton Steele
Biography

From: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County", edited by Howard F. Dyson, pages 932, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company, Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Steele, George Burton - A comparatively recent and well equipped recruit to the professional life of Rushville is George Burton Steele, a young man of well defined purpose, and sufficient energy and patience to accomplish much as a legal practitioner.  Born on a farm one and a half miles northeast of Pleasantview, Schuyler County, Ill., December 10, 1878, Mr. Steele is descended on both sides of his family from very early settlers of Ohio, in which State were born his paternal grandparents, Theodosius S. and Mary (McEwen) Steele, whose agricultural interests were identified with the vicinity of Rushville.  On this farm of their own clearing was born James M. Steele, father of George Burton, who grew to manhood and married Rachel Strong, a native of Pleasantview and daughter of George W. and Frances (Quinn) Strong, the former born in Columbiana, Ohio, and the latter a native of Louisville, Ky.  George Lee Strong, the American progenitor of the Strong family in American, was born in Ireland, and after settling in Virginia, married Nancy Kennedy, a native of Louisville, Ky.  Thomas Quinn Strong {should be just Quinn}, great-grandfather of George Burton, and son of the immigrant, was born in Virginia, and after moving to Ohio married Elizabeth Lewis, one of the Buckeye State's native daughters.
  After the death of his mother, when he was seven years old, George Burton Steele lived until his majority with his grandmother, Frances Strong, and his uncle, Charles K. Strong.  While achieving his preliminary education principally through study at home, he graduated from the Pleasantview High School, Kennedy’s Normal at Rushville, and the Rushville Business College.
  At the age of eighteen he entered upon his six year's of educational work, and during that time gained an enviable reputation as a practical and capable teacher.  He then was appointed Deputy County Treasurer, under his uncle, Charles K. Strong, and while discharging the duties of this office read law under Thomas E. Bottenburg, of Rushville.  Admitted to the bar of Illinois, April 6, 1905, he began his practice of his profession in Rushville September 1, 1905, and during the ensuing year has had no occasion to regret his choice of location.
  December 25, 1901, Mr. Steele was united in marriage to Bertha B. Bestler, a native of Naperville, Ill.  Mr. Steele is a democrat in politics, and fraternally is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America.  Mr. Steele is at present City Attorney for the city of Rushville, Ill.



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