Steele, James Dallas was born on November 6, 1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Review David (Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Laws) and Elizabeth J. (Dallas) S.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1884, Bachelor of Laws, 1886, Master of Arts, 1887, Bachelor of Divinity, 1891. Doctor of Philisophy, University of Omaha, 1892. Doctor of Divinity, New York University, 1911.
Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1886, New York bar, 1893. Instructor in Hebrew, University of Pennsylvania, 1890-1891. Lecturer in Hebrew, Columbia, 1891-1892.