A daily journal kept by Edward Steele, a clerk for a San Francisco commission merchant, during the Civil War era.
Edward Lindley Grey Steele was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842. He came to San Francisco in 1861 on the ship Contest,
settling and working as a clerk for commission merchants C. Adolphe Low & Company in that city; the firm later became E. L.
G. Steele & Co. He would go on to become president of the Oceanic Steamship Company and American Sugar Refinery. Steele married
Emma McPherson in 1869, was a longtime resident of Oakland, and died in 1894.
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