July 18, 1927
Photograph by Wear
P. WEBB, county judge of Grayson County
in his second term of service, for the past fifteen years a
the legal profession, most of the time as a successful lawyer in
is a native son of the Lone Star State and was born at Mantua, Collin
March 7, 1861.
were W. H. and Jemima A. (Spearman)
Webb, and his father is a Missourian by birth and is now a resident of
this state. He served throughout the Civil war as a Confederate
his lifelong occupation has been farming and stock-raising, in which he
still engaged. Judge Webb's mother was born in Tennessee, and came to
1854, being married to W. H. Webb in Grayson County, where for several
previous she had been engaged in teaching. She died at the old home in
county in 1874, and of her family of children four are still living,
being the only son.
was reared to manhood on the parental
farm in Grayson County, where he also gained his preliminary education.
educated at Savoy College in Fannin County, having completed his
that well-known institution in 1883, and then for the following five
engaged in teaching school. With a berth in the legal profession as the
his ambition, he became a law student under the tutorship of Captain
the well-known Sherman jurist, and was admitted to the bar in 1889.
year his time and talents have been fully drawn upon either in private
or in the duties of public office. The first four years of his practice
passed in western Texas, and since then he has had his office in
career as a teacher in this county he
was appointed the first superintendent of public instruction in Grayson
just after the adoption of the law authorizing that office. In 1896 he
elected city attorney of Sherman, and filled that office four years. In
became candidate for the county judgeship and was chosen that year and
elected in 1904, this being an office for which his broad experience
and his judicial mind well fit him.
has been interested in practical and
theoretical politics ever since attaining manhood, and for the greater
his active career has been a worker for the cause of good government
progressive local and national policies. While a resident of Coleman
served as county chairman of the executive committee, and in that
as a staunch believer in conservative Democracy he assisted in
strong Populistic movement in western Texas. For a number of years he
a regular campaign speaker for the Democracy in state and national
and his tact, his personality, his sincere convictions, and his
ability make him both popular and influential in this cause.
Judge Webb is a member of the
is affiliated also with the Woodmen of the World and the Ancient Order
United Workmen, and his family are members of the Christian church. He
married twice. In 1885 he married Miss Eugenia Brooks, who died in
leaving three children, Vida, Spearman, and Charles, the last named
in February, 1904. Judge Webb married his present estimable wife in
was Miss Ida T. Brooks, a sister of his first wife.
[Source: Paddock, B. B. History and Biographical Record of North and West
Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906.]
West Hill Cemetery