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Bethuel Matthew Webster, American lawyer. Bar: New York State 1927, District of Columbia 1929. Recipient Norlin award University Colorado, 1968.


Webster, Bethuel Matthew was born on June 13, 1900 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Bethuel Matthew and Anna Laura (Davidson) Webster.


Graduate, Culver Military Academy, 1918; Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Colorado, 1922; Doctor of Laws, University Colorado, 1972; Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1925; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bard College, 1980.


Assistant United States attorney Southern District New York, 1926-1927. Special assistant to attorney general United States antitrust division, Department of Justice, 1927-1929. General counsel Federal Radio Commission, 1929.

Consultant United States High Commissioner for, Germany, 1949, 51. Practicing lawyer New York City, from 1930. Founder, member Webster & Sheffield, and predecessor firms, 1934-1984, senior counsel, 1984-1989.

Served as member Permanent Court Arbitration (under the Hague Conventions), 1959-1965. Member committee science aids learning National Research Council, 1937-1947. Member committee international rules of judicial procedure, 1961.

Assistant to Doctor Vannervar Bush. Director Office of Scientific Research and Development. Report to President of the United States on postwar research, July 1945.

Member, consultant Committee Scientists Supporting Bush Report. Chairman advisory committee project effective justice. Member Armstrong research project Columbia Law School.

Member management and selection committees Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professorship in Legal Science, Cambridge University. Member committee role patents industrial research NAS-National Research Council. Chairman public health service. hospital study committee Office Science and Technology, Executive Office of President, 1965.

Ambassador representing United States of America to mediate dispute between United Kingdom and Guatemala over British Honduras, 1965-1968.


  • Bar: New York State 1927, District of Columbia 1929.


Trustee Ford Foundation, 1961-1970, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, New York Public Library (honorary), Institute Public Administration. Director Overbrook Foundation. Member overseers committee to visit Harvard Library.

Chairman Drug Abuse Council. Director Institute Philosophical Research. Counsel New York State Society Medical Research.

Departmental committee on court adminstrn, 1st department judicial conference of, New York, New York City Health Research Council. Member New York City Municipal Art Commission, 1960-1964, Mayor's Committee on Judiciary, 1962-1965. Served as Second lieutenant infantry United States Army, 1918-1919.

Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation, Aspen Institute Humanistic Studies. Member Association Bar City of New York (president 1952-1954), American Law Institute, New York Company Lawyers Association, American, New York State bar associations, American Arbitration Association (director), American Judicature Society, Federal Bar Association New York, New Jersey Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association (honorary), Harvard Law School Association of New York City (president 1948-1949), Harvard Alumni Association (director 1952-1954), Public Education Association (chairman board of trustees 1954-1958), Council on Foreign Relations, Pilgrims of the United States Clubs: Century, Harvard, Metropolitan (Washington).


Married Eleanor Ashton Wilson, March 16, 1929 (deceased June 28, 1967). Children: Elizabeth Webster Hogeland, Anna Clarissa Webster Atkinson, Eleanor Webster Shakin. Married Elizabeth W. Case, November 1969.

Bethuel Matthew Webster

Anna Laura (Davidson) Webster

Eleanor Ashton Wilson

Elizabeth W. Case

Eleanor Webster Shakin Webster

Elizabeth Webster Hogeland Webster

Anna Clarissa Webster Atkinson Webster