Ralph Steiner, physician, son of Laura (Fisher) and Josephus Murray Steiner, was born in Austin, Texas, on February 5, 1859. He took his B.A. degree from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1883. During the Grover Cleveland administration Steiner was United States consul at Munich, Germany, where he attended clinics on diseases of the ear, nose, throat, and chest. Upon his return to Texas he specialized in otolaryngology. He was state health officer during the administration of Governor O. B. Colquitt, 1911–15, and was later ear specialist for the Texas School for the Deaf. Dr. Steiner died in Austin on May 2, 1926.
Is history important to you?
We need your support because we are a non-profit organization that relies upon contributions from our community in order to record and preserve the history of our state. Every dollar helps.
Austin Statesman, May 3, 1926. George Plunkett [Mrs. S. C.] Red, The Medicine Man in Texas (Houston, 1930). Texas State Journal of Medicine, July 1926.
Health and Medicine
Physicians and Surgeons
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 08, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
Most Recent Revision Date:
June 1, 1995
This entry belongs to the following Handbook Special Projects: