From Ancestry.com's "Biographies of Notable Americans-1904":
HENDERSON, John Steele, representative, was born near Salisbury, N.C., Jan. 6, 1846; son of Archibald and Mary Steele (Ferrand) Henderson; grandson of Archibald and Sarah (Alexander) Hendereson Stephen Lee and Margaret (Steele) Ferrand, and great grandson of Judge Richard (1735-1785) and Elizabeth (Keeling) Henderson and of the Hon. John Steele (q. v.) His maternal great2 grandmother, Elizabeth Maxwell Steele, gave all her savings to General Greene on his retreat, thus enabling him to feed his troops and cross the Yadkin before its swollen waters impeded the pursuit of Cornwallis. John attended the University of North Carolina from January, 1862, to November, 1864, when he enlisted in the Confederate army and served until the close of the war. In January, 1866, he entered Judge Pearson's law school at Richmond Hill, N.C., and was admitted to the bar in June, 1867. He was register of deeds for Rowan county, 1866-68; was elected a delegate to the proposed constitutional convention in 1871; was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1875; elected a member of the lower house of the state legislature in 1876 and of the upper house in 1878; and in 1881 was elected by the general assembly one of the three commissioners to codify the statute laws of the state. He was elected presiding justice of the inferior court of Rowan county in June, 1884, and was a Democratic representative in the 49th, 50th, 51st, 52d and 53d congresses, 1885-95. He was chairman of the committee on the post-office and post-roads of the 52d and 53d congresses. He received from Trinity college, N.C., the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1890.