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James Edwin Webb, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1936.


Webb, James Edwin was born on October 7, 1906 in Granville County, North Carolina, United States. Son of John Frederick and Sarah (Gorham) Webb.


Bachelor of Arts North Carolina, 1928. Doctor of Laws, University North Carolina, 1949. Postgraduate, George Washington University, 1936.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse University, Colorado College. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1961. Doctor of Science (honorary), Brown University, 1976.

Also other honorary degrees.


Executive assistant to undersecretary treasury, 1946; director, bureau of Budget, 1946-1949; undersecretary of state, 1949-1952; president, general manager, Republic Supply Company, 1953-1958; Chairman of the Board, Republic Supply Company, 1958; assistant to president, board directors, Kerr-McGee Oil Industries, Inc., Oklahoma City, 1952-1961, 69-78; administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1961-1968; private practice law, Washington, 1968-1978.


  • Bar: District of Columbia 1936.


Member Government Procurement Commission, 1972-1973, Comptroller General's Consultant Panel. Board regents Smithsonian Institution, 1970-1982. Board directors Kerr Foundation, Inc., from 1977, chairman, 1980-1981.

Lieutenant colonel United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1944-1945. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, National Planning Association, National Geography Society (trustee 1966-1981, Hubbard medal 1979), Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association, American Society Public Administration (president 1966-1967), National Academy Public Administration (treasurer 1969-1973), University Club (New York City), Chevy Chase Club, Metropolitan Club, Alfalfa Club, National Aviation Club, National Space Club, Masons, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Patsy Aiken Douglas, May 14, 1938. Children: Sarah Gorham, James Edwin Junior.

John Frederick Webb

Sarah (Gorham) Webb

Patsy Aiken Douglas

James Edwin Junior Webb

Sarah Gorham Webb