Walter Leak Steele

Walter Leak Steele (* April 18, 1823 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina, † October 16, 1891 in Baltimore, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1877 and 1881 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Walter Steele attended the public schools of his home, the Randolph -Macon College in Lynchburg (Virginia) and the Wake Forest College in North Carolina. Subsequently, he studied until 1844 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

Between 1846 and 1854, Steele sat several times as a delegate in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In 1852, he served as curator of the University of North Carolina. In the years 1852 and 1858 he was a member of the Senate of North Carolina. In 1860 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charleston and Baltimore. The following year he was secretary of the Assembly, which decided to exit North Carolina from the Union. After studying law and his 1865 was admitted to the bar he began in Rockingham to work in this profession.

In the congressional elections of 1876 Steele was in the sixth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Samuel Ashe on March 4, 1877. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 two legislative sessions. In 1880 he gave up another candidacy. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Walter Steele worked in the cotton processing, and in the banking industry. He died on October 16, 1891 in Baltimore, and was buried near Rockingham.