John Stanley Webster
Senior Judge, Eastern District of Washington, 1924-d. 1962
John Stanley Webster served as a judge on the Eastern District of Washington. Webster was born on February 22, 1877, in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He attended the University of Michigan Law School from 1897 to 1899, was admitted to the bar in 1899 in Kentucky, and then commenced practice in Cynthiana the same year. In 1918, Webster ran as a Republican in the Fifth District and was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served until 1923. On April 28, 1923, Webster received a recess appointment from President Warren G. Harding to the Eastern District of Washington, to a seat vacated by Judge Frank H. Rudkin. President Calvin Coolidge nominated Webster to the same position on December 15, 1923. He served on the Court for sixteen years until he assumed senior status in 1939 due to disability. Webster remained on the Court in that capacity until his passing on December 24, 1962.
John S. Webster papers, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.