Benjamin H. Steele collection of speeches, 1863 - 1872Manuscript MS-1276

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Title:

Benjamin H. Steele collection of speeches, 1863 - 1872

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1276

Collection Dates:

1863 - 1872

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft)

Abstract:

Benjamin H. Steele (1837-1873), judge. Dartmouth College Class of 1857. Consist of two addresses.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Collection of speeches by Benjamin H. Steele. Contains two manuscript addresses, one given by Steele on the preservation of the Union and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln, and one given by J.G. Adams before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the University of New Hampshire.

Biography

Benjamin Hinman Steele was born on February 6, 1837, in Stanstead, Canada. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1857, after which he studied law graduating with a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1858. He was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts but had to withdraw for health reasons. He returned to Canada and studied French law and was admitted to practice law in Canada and Orleans County in Vermont. He opened a practice at Derby Line, Vermont in 1858. During the Civil War he served as colonel on the staff of Governor Erastus Fairbanks from 1861 to 1863. Steele was appointed judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in November 1865, at the age of twenty-eight, a position he held until 1870. In 1870, he was appointed a member of the State Board of Education and in 1872, he was a delegate to the National Republican Convention at Philadelphia. Steele also ran for Congress but was defeated. He died on July 13, 1873 at the age of thirty-six.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Speeches, 1863-1872

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1863-1872

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Address given by Benjamin H. Steele on the preservation of the Union and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln, 1862
  • Folder: 2, Address delivered by J.G. Adams before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the University of New Hampshire, 1872

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