Steele, Joseph Middleton



Steele, Joseph Middleton

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Where Born

Philadelphia, PA

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Spouse Name

Mary Jane


William, John Stewart, Donald, Maizie (Mary)


William (1841-1908)


Ellen Ann Blair (1840-1937)

Date Elected



William Steele, his father, came to the U.S. from Ulster, Ireland, and his son joined him in business at the age of 16 in 1881 after attending Pierce Business College.

Business Address

506 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Professional Activities

The firm of William Steele & Son entered the field of commercial and industrial building. In 1908, following the death of William Steele, the firm was reorganized as William S. Steele & Sons Co., which engaged in the design and construction of many prominent buildings. The construction division was directed by Joseph M. Steele; under his guidance were built structures as the Market St. Street National Bank, Shibe Park, The Terminal Commerce Building, and many buildings for the Electric Storage Battery Company and Art Loom, Inc.


Witherspoon Building - 1894
Juniper & Walnut Sts.
Shibe Park - 1908
22nd & Lehigh Ave.
401 North Broad St. - 1920s
Market Street National Bank (Juniper & Market Sts.

Civic Activities

President of Y.M.C.A. of Phila.; an enthusiastic evangelist, he was founder and president of The Pocket Testament League, and responsiblefor the first appearance of Billy Sunday in Phila. Attended and supported the Third Church of Covenanters in Phila.

Nonprofit Directorships

Member of Phila. Chamber of Commerce; former director of Union League; President of Master Carpenters and Builders Assoc., begun by members of Carpenters' Company, and now known as the General Building Contractors Assoc.


City Records D.C. Liens book #413; filed January 4, 1871; satisfied March 24, 1871. (possibly relatives ?) Joseph Steele and William Steele co-partners trading as J. and W. Steele vs. Erhard Jehle (sp. ?) Claim for $2,725.45 for work etc. against four 2-story brick messuages and lots of ground on the northwest side of Frankford ave. beginning 244 feet northeast of Westmoreland st. ------------------ In member file, see "The Steeles of Caversham Mansion...." ----------------- See member file of John Lyle Steele for company chronology. ---------------- In Archive box 145, file 39 is a City Directory rom of family and their accomplishments, a print of the same, and other papers detailing family history from Leon Clemmer. Also, in this file on 2nd floor is another copy of the same City Directory rom. Used as background for website article on "Five Generations of Builders." ---------------- See member file of Leon Clemmer for sheet with photographs of 9 members of Steele and Clemmer family who are members. ---------------- "Philadelphia Preserved," page 299 Description of Shibe Park (later renamed Connie Mack Stadium) first reinforced-concrete baseball park in the country. With a 25,000 seating capacity, it was considered a baseball showplace when built and was the oldest park in the major leagues when it was vacated in 1970. Built 1908-09 by William Steele and Sons Co., architects and builders. ---------------- Phila. City Directory - 1890 Joseph M. Steele (W. Steel & Son); Home: 2213 Hancock. Joseph Steele, carpenter; Home:176 Norris (how related?) Joseph M. Steele (W. Steel & Son); Home:2213 Hancock Phila City directory 1872 Joseph Steele (J. & W. Steele) h. 2136 Hope 1875 Joseph Steele (Steele Brothers) h. 707 S. 10th 1878 (Business Directory, listing for

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