William Randolph Steele

William Randolph Steele (July 24, 1842 – November 30, 1901) was a Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming.

William R. Steele
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming Territory's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1873  March 3, 1877
Preceded byWilliam Theopilus Jones
Succeeded byWilliam Wellington Corlett
Personal details
Born(1842-07-24)July 24, 1842
New York City, New York
DiedNovember 30, 1901(1901-11-30) (aged 59)
Deadwood, South Dakota
Political partyDemocratic

Born in New York City, Steele received an academic education. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced. During the Civil War served in the Second Army Corps from 1861 to 1865. He was discharged with the rank of captain and brevet lieutenant colonel. He moved to the Territory of Wyoming in 1869 and engaged in the practice of law in Cheyenne.

Steele was elected as a member of the Territorial legislative council in 1871 and served until March 4, 1873, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.

Steele was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1877). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress. He moved to Deadwood, South Dakota, and resumed the practice of law. He served as mayor of Deadwood 1894-1896. He died in Deadwood November 30, 1901. He was interred in Mount Moriah Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Randolph Steele (id: S000840)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Theopilus Jones
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming Territory's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1873 March 3, 1877
Succeeded by
William Wellington Corlett
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