WEBB, Edwin Yates

WEBB, Edwin Yates
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


WEBB, Edwin Yates, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Shelby, Cleveland County, N.C., May 23, 1872; attended the Shelby Military Institute, and was graduated from Wake Forest (N.C.) College in June 1893; studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1893 and 1894; was admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in Shelby; entered the University of Virginia Law School at Charlottesville in 1896 and completed a postgraduate course; member of the State senate in 1901; appointed a trustee of Wake Forest College in 1898; appointed trustee of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Raleigh by the legislature in 1899 and served two years; chairman of the Democratic senatorial district in 1896; chairman of the Democratic county executive committee 1898-1902; temporary chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1900; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, to November 10, 1919, when he resigned to accept a judicial position; chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1912 to conduct impeachment proceedings against Robert W. Archbald, judge of the United States Commerce Court; appointed United States district judge for the western district of North Carolina November 5, 1919, and served until his retirement March 1, 1948; died while visiting in Wilmington, N.C., February 7, 1955; interment in Sunset Cemetery, Shelby, N.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Manuscripts Department, Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1901-1955, 12.5 linear feet. The collection contains primarily correspondence documenting Edwin Yates Webb's career in Congress and on the bench. The correspondence concerns the interests of constituents, prohibition, agricultural and labor legislation, the tariff, nativism, women's suffrage, pure food and drug laws, issues surrounding World War I, Democratic Party politics, and Edwin Yates Webb's re-election campaigns. Beginning in 1919, correspondence relates to law, the judiciary, politics, civic and personal concerns, Gardner-Webb College. Also included are papers relating to bankruptcy proceedings against the Atlantic and Yadkin Railway Company. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.
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