J. Stanley Webster
John Stanley Webster (February 22, 1877 – December 24, 1962) was a Justice of the Washington Supreme Court, a United States Representative from Washington and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
J. Stanley Webster
From campaign advertisement printed in October 6, 1922 Leavenworth Echo (Leavenworth, WA).
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington|
August 31, 1939 – December 24, 1962
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington|
April 28, 1923 – August 31, 1939
|Appointed by||Warren G. Harding (recess)|
Calvin Coolidge (commission)
|Preceded by||Frank H. Rudkin|
|Succeeded by||Lewis B. Schwellenbach|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Washington's 5th district
March 4, 1919 – May 8, 1923
|Preceded by||Clarence Dill|
|Succeeded by||Samuel B. Hill|
John Stanley Webster
February 22, 1877
|Died||December 24, 1962 (aged 85)|
|Resting place||Oakesdale Cemetery|
|Education||University of Michigan Law School|
Education and careerEdit
Born on February 22, 1877, in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, Webster attended the public schools and Smith's Classical School for Boys. He attended the University of Michigan Law School. He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Cynthiana from 1899 to 1906. He was prosecutor for Harrison County from 1902 to 1906. He moved west for his health to work a small ranch near Colbert, Washington, just north of Spokane, Washington in May 1906. He was chief assistant prosecutor for Spokane from 1907 to 1909. He was a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Spokane County from 1909 to 1916. He was a lecturer on criminal and elementary law at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Webster was easily elected to a six-year term as an associate justice of the Washington Supreme Court in Olympia in 1916, and appointed early, November 20 by Governor Ernest Lister, to fill the vacancy. He resigned in May 1918 to run for United States Congress.
Webster was elected as a Republican from Washington's 5th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 66th, 67th and 68th United States Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, to May 8, 1923, when he resigned to accept a federal judgeship.
Federal judicial serviceEdit
Webster received a recess appointment from President Warren G. Harding on April 28, 1923, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington vacated by Judge Frank H. Rudkin. He was nominated to the same position by President Calvin Coolidge on December 15, 1923. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1924, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status due to a certified disability on August 31, 1939. His service terminated on December 24, 1962, due to his death in Spokane, where he resided. His remains were cremated and interred in Oakesdale Cemetery in Oakesdale, Washington, his wife's hometown in Whitman County, where her father John Lathrum (1853–1902) had been sheriff. Mary Gertrude (Lathrum) Webster (1887–1956), his wife of 48 years, had died six years earlier. His older brother, Richard M. Webster (1869–1953), moved to eastern Washington in 1904 and also served as a judge in Spokane.
- "Is the blushing bride of John Stanley Webster". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 2, 1908. p. 3.
- "J. Stanley Webster, statesman and jurist, has had remarkable career". Issaquah Press. June 1, 1923. p. 3.
- "W.W. Tolman to supreme bench". Spokesman-Review. May 12, 1918. p. 1.
- "Webster Wins". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 6, 1918. p. 1.
- John Stanley Webster at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "Webster sworn in as judge". Spokesman-Review. May 10, 1923. p. 6.
- "Lawyers honor, praise Webster". Spokesman-Review. May 10, 1923. p. 6.
- "Judge Webster to retire soon". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. August 21, 1939. p. 1.
- "Stanley Webster sits in U.S. Court". Spokesman-Review. July 22, 1944. p. 1.
- "Errors made in story about judge". Spokesman-Review. November 22, 1960. p. 7.
- "Oakesdale Cemetery, Whitman County, WA, surnames H-L". Interment.net. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- "Death of John Lathrum". Spokesman-Review. October 20, 1902. p. 9.
- "Oakesdale Cemetery, Whitman County, WA, surnames R-Z". Interment.net. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- "Ex-judge Webster is dead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 24, 1962. p. 1.
- "Richard Webster announces self in run for bench". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 16, 1916. p. 1.
- "Richard Montgomery Webster, papers 1847–1953". Washington State Libraries. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- "Judge Webster drafted for president of Western International body". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 18, 1940. p. 9.
- "Webster made baseball chief". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 19, 1940. p. 13.
- "Judge Webster starts on job". Spokesman-Review. December 16, 1940. p. 9.
- "Judge Webster resigns as president of league". Spokesman-Review. February 28, 1941. p. 1.
- "Wenatchee officials face life banishment from baseball". Spokane Daily Chronicle. February 28, 1941. p. 11.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- Temple of Justice.org – Justice John Stanley Webster
- Washington Secretary of State – History Makers – John Stanley Webster
- Washington State University Libraries – John Stanley Webster – papers 1901-1963
- John Stanley Webster at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| United States Representative for Washington's 5th Congressional District
Samuel B. Hill
Frank H. Rudkin
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Lewis B. Schwellenbach