William Vernon Steele
Born: February 14, 1854
Judge Steele was born February 14, 1854, son of William Gaston and Mark Elizabeth (Henry) Steele and a descendant of an old and honored ancestry. His father served as cashier of the Somerset County Bank, and was a Member of Congress during the Civil War.
William V. Steele obtained his early education in a private school in Somerville conducted by the Rev Mr. Badger, a grammar school which he attended two years. He later attended Hope College, michigan, from which institution he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1875, receiving the degree of master of Arts in 1878. He read law in the office of Hon. A. A. Clark, at Somerville for three years, and also attended the Columbia University Law School, in New York. In 1878 he was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney and subsequently was admitted as counselor, Supreme Court Commissioner and Master in Chancery. In 1898 he was appointed a Referee in Bankruptcy. He was a member of the Somerset County Bar Association and was formerly a member of Company M, New Jersey Volunteers. He also was an active member of the National Guard of New Jersey and was appointed adjutant of the Second Battalion, Third Regiment, in 1893. His date of death is not available.