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STEINER, RALPH (1859–1926). 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.


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.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"STEINER, RALPH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.