James Webb

James Edwin Webb (1906 - 1992)

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James Edwin Webb
Born in Tally Ho, North Carolina, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1900s - 2000s)]
Father of [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and [private son (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Washington, DC, USAmap
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  • The namesake of the James Webb Space Telescope (named in his honor in 2002[1]) scheduled to be launched in Oct 2018[2]
  • s/o John Frederick Webb & Sarah Gorham[3][4]
  • School Superintendent
  • Marine
  • 1936, Passed the bar to become a lawyer
  • 1938 m. Patsy Aiken Douglas, 2 children
  • 1944 re-joined Marines
  • worked for O. Max Gardner, Undersecretary of the Treasury
  • Director of the Bureau of the Budget, Executive Office of the President, Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Undersecretary of State, US Department of State
  • 1961 Appointed by Pres. John F. Kennedy as Administrator of NASA. He continued in this position until Oct 1968[1]
  • 1969 Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Johnson
  • 1976 Langley Gold Medal, Smithsonian Inst.
  • 1981 Sylvanus Thayer Award (dedication to country), West Point
  • Buried in Arlington National Cemetery[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia: James E Webb, accessed 26 Nov 2016
  2. Wikipedia: James Webb Space Telescope, accessed 26 Nov 2016
  3. Wilson, Tracy V. and Holley Frey. "James Webb and NASA’s Early Days." Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast). 21 Nov 2016. HowStuffWorks (Web). 26 Nov 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 Find A Grave Memorial #6024232, accessed 26 Nov 2016

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James E. Webb, NASA Administrator
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