EDWARD L. WEBBER.
The true measure of individual success is determined by what one has accomplished and, as taken in contradistinction
to the old adage that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country, there is particular interest attached
to a review of the life and career of Edward L. Webber, since he is a native son of Napa county, where his entire
life has been passed, and he has so directed his ability and efforts as to gain recognition as one of the worthy
citizens and successful lawyers of his county. Mr. Webber was born in the city of Napa on the 21st day of December,
1871, and is the son of Louis and Annie (Finnesty) Webber, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ireland.
Louis Webber came to California in 1866, locating in Calaveras, where he engaged in mining. Subsequently he came
to Napa and engaged in the real estate business and is now living in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of eighty
years, respected by all who know him.
Edward L. Webber attended the Napa public schools, the Oakmound Academy and the Mississippi Coles School for Boys
and Girls, and then entered Napa College, where he was graduated. His first employment was as a clerk in William
Stewart's drug store, where he was employed four and a half years, during two years of which time he studied medicine.
He then entered the Napa College where he took a commercial course and also the scientific course, including chemistry.
About this time he changed his purpose as to his future vocation and gave his serious attention to the study of
law in the office of Oscar R. Coghlan. He really engaged in the practice of law before he was twenty one years
of age and was admitted to the bar as soon as he reached his majority. In 1896 he was also admitted to practice
before the supreme court of the state. He has been engaged in the practice of his profession continuously since
and has gained not only a large and remunerative clientele, but has also won the confidence and esteem of the entire
community as well as the respect of his professional colleagues.
Mr. Webber has from his youth taken a commendable interest in public affairs, particularly such as related in any
way to the welfare of his own community, and has consistently supported every movement for the betterment of the
public along all legitimate lines. In 1901 he rendered effective and appreciated service as a member of the state
legislature. He is a past president of the Napa Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, is also a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a life member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He married Miss
Maude Kean, the daughter of John Kean, who was one of the honored old pioneers of Napa county and who served as
county assessor for twenty seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Webber have a daughter, Aileen, now twenty four years of age.
As a lawyer Mr. Webber has for years been identified as counsel with much of the important litigation in the local
courts and has been very successful in practice. By a straightforward, honorable course he has built up a large
and lucrative legal business. Because of his professional success, his high standing as a public spirited citizen
and his fine personality he has won and retains to a marked degree the confidence and good will of the entire community
in which he lives.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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