Stephen Palfrey Webb

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Stephen Palfrey Webb
12th Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts
In office
1860–1862
Preceded by Nathaniel Silsbee, Jr.
Succeeded by Stephen G. Wheatland
6th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
October 2, 1854 – June 30, 1855
Preceded by Cornelius Kingsland Garrison
Succeeded by James Van Ness
3rd Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts
In office
1842–1845
Preceded by Stephen C. Phillips
Succeeded by Joseph S. Cabot
Personal details
Born (1804-03-20)March 20, 1804
Salem, Massachusetts
Died September 29, 1879(1879-09-29) (aged 75)
Salem, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Hannah Hunt Beckford Robinson, June 9, 1805[1]
Alma mater Harvard

Stephen Palfrey Webb (March 20, 1804 – September 29, 1879) was third and twelfth Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, serving 1842-1845 and 1860-1863, and the sixth Mayor of San Francisco, California from 1854-1855.

Early life, family life, education, and death[edit]

Stephen Palfrey Webb was born to Captain Stephen Webb and Sara Putnam Palfrey Webb in Salem, Massachusetts on March 20, 1804.[1] Webb graduated from Harvard College in 1824 and studied law with John Glen King. Webb was admitted to the Essex County Bar in 1826 and began his practice of law in Salem.[1]

On May 26, 1834, Webb married Hannah Hunt Beckford Robinson.[1] They had one daughter, Caroline B. Webb, in about 1846.[2]

Webb died in Brookline, Massachusetts on September 29, 1879.[3]

Political career[edit]

Webb served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate. He was elected mayor of Salem, Massachusetts in 1842, 1843, and 1844.[4][5] Webb was also Treasurer and Clerk of the Essex Railroad in 1849.[6]

Webb moved to San Francisco in approximately 1853, and was elected Mayor for a single term with backing from the Know Nothing movement in 1854. He prepared a report about these vigilance committees) in 1874 entitled A Sketch of the Causes, Operations and Results of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee in 1856.[7]

Webb returned to Salem and was again elected mayor in 1860, 1861, and 1862,[4][5] and served as City Clerk from 1863 to 1870. He then retired to Brookline, Massachusetts.[3]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Essex Institute (July and October, 1878), Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume XV, July and October, 1878. Nos 3, 4, Salem, Ma.: The Essex Institute, p. 296 
  2. ^ United States Federal Census, Massachusetts Vital Records
  3. ^ a b Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, Volume 1, Issue 1. Pg. xvi. Philadelphia : J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888.
  4. ^ a b City Council of Salem, Massachusetts. http://www.salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_Council/formermayors
  5. ^ a b Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, Volume 1, Issue 1. Pg. 227. Philadelphia : J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888.
  6. ^ Massachusetts General Court. Miscellaneous documents on the railroads of Massachusetts. Pg. 18. RareBooksClub.com, 2012
  7. ^ Webb, Stephen Palfrey. A Sketch of the Causes, Operations and Results of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee in 1856. Aeterna, 2011.

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