President of Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and Transit Company and Director of the International Live Stock Exposition for fifteen years.
1912-1996 | Artist: Bjorn Peter Egeli (1900-1984)
Impact & Accomplishments
A highly decorated officer during the Second World War, Charles Potter Steele began his career with Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and Transit Company in 1953, becoming president in 1957.
He was a director of the International Live Stock Exposition for fifteen years. Potter served in leadership roles in many organizations, including Armour and Company, Central National Bank, and Continental Freezers Illinois, Inc.
Did You Know?
In 1932, young Potter was hired by John D. Rockefeller Jr., a family friend, to help restore colonial Williamsburg, Va. He came to Chicago in 1939 as controller of the old Sherman House hotel and the Ambassador hotels. He became a U.S. Naval officer during World War II.
"As a beach master he was the first man on a beach ahead of the Allied invading forces in North Africa, Sicily and in Normandy on D-Day," said Mr. Potter's son, Trevor, of Marshall, Va. "He was the senior beach master at Utah Beach in Normandy, where he was wounded."