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George W. Steele (R) - 1890-91

George W. Steele (R) - 1890-91 by Mike Wimmer
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Artist: Chris Nick
Sponsor: Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Dedication: May 5, 2008
Size: 24” x 36”
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: Governor’s Conference Room

Steele was born in 1839 in Indiana and served with the Union Army during the Civil War.  Steele was elected to Congress from 1883 to 1889 and his experience there may have led President Harrison to select him as the initial Governor of Oklahoma Territory.  He took the oath of office in Guthrie on May 22, 1890 and tried to bring order to the chaotic legislature.  The school systems, three colleges and the State library were established during his term.

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