John Nevett Steele

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John Nevett Steele
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
May 29, 1834 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Littleton Purnell Dennis
Succeeded by John Dennis
Personal details
Born February 22, 1796 (1796-02-22)
Weston, Maryland, U.S.
Died August 13, 1853(1853-08-13) (aged 57)
Cambridge, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Ann Ogle Buchanan
Children Thomas Buchanan Steele
John Nevett Steele, Jr.
Parents James Steele
Mary Nevett

John Nevett Steele (February 22, 1796 – August 13, 1853) was an American politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Steele was born on February 22, 1796 in Weston, Maryland. He was the son of James Steele (1760–1816) and Mary Nevett (1769–1836). His many siblings included Mary Nevett Steele (1789–1873), who married John Campbell Henry (1787–1857), the eldest son and heir of Gov. John Henry,[2] Ann Billings Steele Upshur (1791–1835), James Billings Steele (1794–1861), Henry Maynadier Steele (1799–1863), Catharine Sarah Maria Steele Ray (1801–1891), Sarah Maynadier Steele (1805–1828), and Isaac Nevett Steele (1809–1891).[3]

He lived on an estate called "Indian Town" near Vienna, Maryland in Dorchester County, where he completed preparatory studies. He later studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819, and commenced practice in Dorchester County, Maryland.[4]


He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1822 to 1824, in 1829, and again in 1830. He continued to operate the family plantation, Indian Town.[4]

Steele was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Littleton Purnell Dennis, and was reelected to the Twenty-fourth Congress, serving from May 29, 1834 to March 3, 1837.[4] He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1838.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Steele was married to Ann Ogle Buchanan (1799–1839), the daughter of Thomas Buchanan (1768–1847) and Rebecca Maria Harriett Anderson (1770–1840). Together, they were the parents of:[6][2]

  • Dr. Thomas Buchanan Steele (1822–1905),[7][8] who married Isabella Elizabeth Henry (1825–1912), granddaughter of Gov. John Henry.[6]
  • John Nevett Steele, Jr. (1824–1884), who married Ann Ogle Buchanan Henry (1842–1912), another granddaughter of Gov. John Henry.[6]

Steele worked in agriculture until his death in Cambridge, Maryland, and is interred in Christ Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery.[4]


Through his eldest son Thomas, he was the grandfather of Ogle Steele (1855–1918), Campbell Steele (1857–1884), and Mary Isabella Steele (1858–1944), who married Louis William Trail (1843–1923).[6]


  1. ^ American Political Leaders 1789-2009. CQ Press. 2012. ISBN 9781452267265. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Elias (1902). History of Dorchester County, Maryland. Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  3. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the United States as Illustrated in the Lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the Men and Women who are Doing the Work and Moulding the Thought of the Present Time. J. T. White Company. 1910. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "STEELE, John Nevett - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Buchholz, Heinrich Ewald (1908). Governors of Maryland: from the revolution to the year 1908. Williams & Wilkins company. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Henry, Clement Sulivane; Henry, Ryder; Beard, Timothy Field (1982). The Henrys of Maryland and Related Families: A Genealogical Reference. Vantage Press. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Brannock, Earl (2014). MARYLANDERS ALL: TEN UNSUNG HEROES of Dorchester County. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781493150717. Retrieved 29 August 2017. [self-published source]
  8. ^ "Maryland Medical Journal". November 1913: 290. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Littleton Purnell Dennis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

May 29, 1834 – March 3, 1837
Succeeded by
John Dennis