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John Stanley Webster Papers, 1901-1963

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Webster, John Stanley
Title
John Stanley Webster Papers
Dates
1901-1963 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 container., (1 linear feet of shelf space.), (2650 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 459
Summary
Political and professional correspondence, financial papers, photographs and other papers. Principal correspondents include United States Senator W.L. Jones, United States Representative J.W. Summers, Yakima publisher W.W. Robertson, and Washington State Supreme Court Justices Kenneth Mackintosh and W.J. Millard. Also Webster's correspondence relating to the breeding and showing of English bulldogs.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Stanley Webster was born in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky on February 22, 1877. He attended public school and Smith's Classical School for Boys. After studing law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from 1897 to 1899 he returned home to Harrison County to practice law and then, 1902-1906, serve as Prosecuting Attorney. After successfully prosecuting a particularly difficult and extended case involving family feuds and murder, Webster left Kentucky and moved to Spokane, Washington, in May 1906. There he established a small law practice which he combined with efforts at farming. He became Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Spokane County in 1907 and the following year married Mary Gertrude Lathrum, daughter of John Lathrum, longtime sheriff of Whitman County. In 1909, Acting Governor M. E. Hay appointed Webster to the bench as Judge of the Superior Court for Spokane County, a position he held until 1916. Webster served as Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court from 1916 to 1918. He was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District of Washington in November 1918 and served in the House from March 4, 1919 to May 8, 1923 when he resigned to become U. S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Washington. He served in that capacity until August 1, 1938, when he retired owing to ill health. Judge Webster was a resident of Spokane, Washington until his death on December 24, 1962.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection reflects Webster's judicial career, specifically his tenure on the bench of the U. S. District Court for Eastern Washington, from 1923 through the later 1930s. The papers deal only in a passing fashion with his career as a Superior Court judge for Spokane County or as an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. There is virtually no material from Webster's service as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District of Washington.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 459, John Stanley Webster Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Biographical and Obituary Material, 1962-1963Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 1

11 items.

Certificates and Appointment Documents, 1909, 1923, 1939Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 2

4 items.

Correspondence: Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
General
1909-1940
Box/Folder
1 / 3
A-Z
1 item.
1909
1 / 4-5
A-Z
300 items.
1923
1 / 6
A-D
150 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 7
E-K
115 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 8
Hart, Charles C.
20 items.
1923-1929
1 / 9
Jones, Hon. Wesley L.
70 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 10
Judicial Salary Bill
40 items.
1924-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 11
L-M
120 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 12
MacKintosh, Kenneth
20 items.
1923-1926
1 / 13
Millard, William J.
25 items.
1923-1930
1 / 14
N-R
110 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 15
Robertson, Col. W. W.
10 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 16
S-Z
145 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 17
Summers, Hon. John W.
20 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 18
A-Z
13 items.
1935-1940
Box/Folder
1 / 19
Endorsements
225 items.
1931-1932
1 / 20-21
Personal
287 items.
1923-1934; 1962
Dog Breeding and Showing
1926-1937
Box/Folder
1 / 22
American Kennel Club
30 items.
1926-1932
1 / 23
B
13 items.
1927-1937
1 / 24
Bingham, James F.
35 items.
1930-1933
1 / 25
C
12 items.
1923-1933
1 / 26-27
Cleverly Bachelor
50 items.
1929-1933
1 / 28
D
30 items.
1928-1931
1 / 29
E
3 items.
1930
1 / 30
G
50 items.
1931-1934
1 / 31
H
5 items.
1927-1933
1 / 32
Insurance
1 item.
1929
1 / 33
J
6 items.
1930
1 / 34
K
4 items.
1927-1930
1 / 35
L
30 items.
1932-1937
1 / 36
M
3 items.
1923; 1937
1 / 37
N-0
11 items.
1928-1933
1 / 38
P
25 items.
1927-1933
1 / 39
Pedigrees
20 items.
1928-1931
1 / 40
R
35 items.
1928-1931
1 / 41
S
11 items.
1927-1933
1 / 42
Smith, W. Earle
145 items.
1928-1930
1 / 43
Sparkes, R. P.
20 items.
1928-1931
1 / 44
T
66 items.
1930-1931; 1937
1 / 45
W
10 items.
1926-1933
1 / 46
Wheaten, Ivan P.
55 items.
1931-1932

Course Notes: Equity Jurisprudence and Partnership, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 47

1 item.

Financial Material, 1901-1939Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 48
6 items.
1901-1906
1 / 49
A
75 items.
1925-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 50
B-C
50 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 51
D-H
35 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 52
J
65 items.
1925-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 53
K-Q
1075 items.
1923-Jan. 1, 1925
1 / 54
S
145 items.
1924-Jan. 1, 1925
1 / 55
T
1015 items.
1926-Jan. 1, 1935
1 / 56
A-Z
75 items.
1935-1939

Newspaper Clippings, 1909-1910Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 57

4 items.

Photographs, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 58

10 items.

Speech: Government and Business, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 59

1 item.

Oversized: photographs, elections posters, certificatesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 60

10 items.