James Webb

James Webb

Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Death 1 Nov 1856 (aged 64)
Texas, USA
Burial Goliad, Goliad County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 13369393 · View Source
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WEBB, JAMES (1792-1856) ~ James Webb was born on March 31, 1792, to Francis and Frances (Walker) Webb in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In 1810, the family moved to Janes County, Georgia, and then onto Hancock County where Francis Webb died. It was in Hancock County that James met and married Rachel Elizabeth Lamar. They were wed on June 24, 1813.

Before his marriage, James taught school for a year and then studied law. He married, returned to Virginia and worked in the county clerks office of Essex County. He was a Veteran in the War of 1812 and in 1816, he was admitted to the Virginia bar.

In 1819, he returned to Georgia but in 1823, he decided to move to Jackson County, Florida where he practiced law, and lived in the town named in his honor; Webbville. John Quincy Adams appointed Webb as the United States district judge for Florida and Webb held the position until 1838. He resigned and moved to Houston, Texas.

He remained in Houston for a short time before deciding to move to Austin, Texas where he became confidant and advisor to Mirabeau B. Lamar. Lamar would eventually promote Webb to secretary of the treasury and then secretary of state. The latter term he held from February 6, 1839 to May 31, 1839. After his resignation in May, Webb was appointed attorney general from November 18, 1839 to March 20, 1841. He left the position on orders to serve as minister to Mexico, but Mexico refused to receive him and Webb returned to Texas.

Webb was elected and served as senator in the 6th, 7th, and 8th Congresses(1841-44)representing Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, and Gonzales districts. As senator, he served as chairman on the Judiciary Committee and was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. In 1844, he retired and returned to private life and private practice.

But in 1845, the political public life would call him back when he served as a delegate to the Convention of 1845, which ultimately led to his endorsement of United States District Judge for Texas. From 1846-49, Webb and Thomas H. Duval were reporters for the state Supreme Court and produced three volumes of the Texas Reports.

Governor Peter Hansborough Bell appointed Webb secretary of state for a second time and he served in that postition from December 28, 1849 to July of 1851, when he resigned.

Webb's daughter married, and he decided to move to Corpus Christi, Texas. The Fourteenth Judicial District of Corpus Christi was established in 1854, and in 1856, Webb was elected as the first judge of the district. He died, en route to Goliad where he was to hold court. Therefore, it is not known if he died in Nueces County or Goliad County. His body was taken into Goliad where he was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery. Webb was a Mason and grand master of the Texas lodge in 1844. Webb County, Texas is named in his honor.

Sources: Texas Handbook Online



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