Biography of Col. George T. Steenberg
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Steenberg, Col. George Taylor, was born in Middletown, Saratoga county. His father, Jonathan Steenberg, was a tailor by trade, and later a carpenter and builder; he died in Cohoes in 1882. His mother, Jane Taylor Steenberg, was born in Saratoga county and died March 10, 1880. Col. George T. Steenberg was educated in the public schools at Waterford and Middletown, Saratoga county. He came to Troy September 1, 1851, and served three years as an apprentice in learning the trade of barber with Thomas Rath. In 1855 he started in isiness for himself in Rand's Hall, corner of Third and Congress streets, remaining three years. In 1858 he leased the stock and fixtures of Thomas Rath, 8 Third street, for a term of years and afterwards bought the property where he carried on the barber business until 1884. He then engaged in the grocery business at the corner of Broadway and Fifth avenue. He returned to his old isiness at the Troy House for two years, then took a lease for a number of years of the Mansion House barber shop and bath rooms on Broadway. He joined the old Troy Citizens Corps, February 22, 1853, as a private. August 4, 1858, he was appointed and commissioned by Gov. John A. King as surgeon's mate on the staff of Col. Henry A. Mercer, commanding the 24th Regt. N. G. S. N. Y. June 10, 1859, he was promoted to quartermaster by Gov. E. D. Morgan; elected major of the 24th Regiment June 4, 1860; elected lieuteuant colonel of the 24th Regiment August 2, 1867; commissioned by Gov. Reuben E. Fenton; elected colonel of the 24th Regiment Jannary 6, 1869, commissioned with rank by Gov. John T. Hoffman; resigned in 1874. April 15, 1878, he was elected a captain of the old Troy City Artillery (afterwards known as the Fourth Battery, N. G. S. N. Y.) He was connected over thirty years with the National Guard of the State of New York, and at the present time is a member of the Old Guard, Senior Company, Troy Citizen's Corps. He served his time in the Fire Department of Troy, having belonged to the General Wool Hose and Arba Reed Steamer companies. He represented the Arba Reed Steamer Co No. 1 in the board of trustees of the Troy Fire Department in 1879. He is also active in Odd Fellowship, being past grand of Trojan Lodge No 27, I. O. O. F. He was deputy sheriff under sheriffs James McKeon, Eben C. Reynolds and C. V. Collins. February 11, 1856, he married Julia H., daughter of Harvey Mosher. His children are George C., Walter S. and Della G. Steenberg.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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