Biography of Dr. David B. Steuer
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

DAVID BENNETT STEUER, M. D. One of Cleveland's recognized specialists in the profession of medicine, Doctor Steuer has been equally a leader in civic improvement, public health and sanitation, and some of the city's most distinctive steps in modern progress were initiated by him.

He was born in Hungary, May 29, 1866, son of Julius and Gertrude Steuer. His mother died in her native land. In 1879, when David B. was thirteen years of age, he came with his father to the United States, and located in Cleveland the same year. His early education had been acquired in common schools and a gymnasium in Hungary. In Cleveland he continued his high school work and also attended Calvin College. After leaving school he became clerk in a drug store, and from 188? to 1896 was proprietor of a pharmacy on St. Clair Avenue.

In the meantime, in 1889, Doctor Steuer was graduated from the Cleveland School of Pharmacy. After that, while carrying on his drug business, he read medicine, and in 1895 was graduated Doctor of Medicine from the Medical department of Western Reserve University. From 1895 to 1900 Doctor Steuer engaged in the routine work of a general practice.

He resigned his business and professional connections altogether in 1900 to go abroad, and for three and one half years he pursued the rigid routine of post graduate work in such great medical centers as Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and London. When he returned to Cleveland he resumed practice as a specialist in internal medicine, and his best work has been accomplished in that special field. For fourteen years Doctor Steuer was on the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and the Ohio State and American Medical associations.

Outside of his profession his record is an impressive one. From 1895 to 1901 he represented the First District, comprising the First, Second, Third and Fourth wards in the City Council, and during his last term was president of the Council. His chief concern was with certain vital problems involving public health and municipal duty. He was instrumental in securing pasteurized milk supply for the city; is the father of the garbage collection and disposal system of Cleveland; and he was author of the bill in the council creating a dumping station on the lake front for the purpose of reclaiming a large tract of land there. He was instrumental in securing the opening of Bank Street, and was the first to call serious attention to the Lake Front Group Plan for public buildings. His name is closely associated with the attachment of the City Children's Hospital, and he turned the first spadeful of dirt in its construction. His influence while in the City Council also tended to permit Cleveland to a bona fide civil service for employes. Doctor Steuer is a former president of the Cleveland Pharmaceutical Association, was at one time chairman of the Cleveland School of Pharmacy, is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and is affiliated wtih the Masonic Order, and Knights of Pythias. He married Miss Emma Kraus, daughter of Jacob Kraus. Her father is head of J. K. Kraus & Sons, candy manufacturers of Cleveland. Doctor and Mrs. Steuer have four children. Alfred L. graduated Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School, and is now a practicing attorney in Cleveland. Herbert S. is also a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Harvard, took his medical degree in Western Reserve University, and is now pursuing post graduate work in the Cleveland City Hospital. The third son, Wilber A., graduated Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and is now practicing law in Cleveland. The youngest child and only daughter, Gladys, is a pupil in the Junior High School of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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