John Hardy Steele

John Hardy Steele ( born January 4, 1789 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina; † July 3, 1865 in Peterborough, New Hampshire ) was an American politician and 1844-1846 Governor of the State of New Hampshire.

Early years and political rise

After the early death of his parents John Steele grew up as an orphan. He left school early to earn money. First, he was engaged in the manufacture of Windsor chairs, small horse and sulky. A coach farmer named Nathaniel Morrison took him in 1811 to New Hampshire. There, Steele served an apprenticeship as a locksmith. Then he built a cotton mill for a textile factory. Later, he developed the first powered machine power mill in New Hampshire.

John Steele was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1829 he was elected to the House of Representatives from New Hampshire, 1830, he served on the senior staff of Governor Matthew Harvey. Between 1830 and 1838 he was head of the town meeting his hometown of Peterborough. In 1842 he took a trip to England and Ireland, where he was bringing up to date of that machine technology.

Governor of New Hampshire

1844 Steele was elected the new governor of his state. After a re-election the following year he was able to stay between June 6, 1844 and June 4, 1846 in this office. During this time a railway committee was established in New Hampshire. At that time, the recovery of iron smelting began in New Hampshire. During his tenure, the beginning of the Mexican -American War was. With regard to the Oregon Territory and the annexation of Texas, he supported the stance of his party, who stood behind the policies of President James K. Polk.

Further CV

After the end of his tenure, he was in 1848 the city council of his home town in the year. He then retired to his farm. He died in July 1865. John Steele was married twice and had six children.