Edwin Sibley Webster
Birth: Aug. 26, 1867
Death: May 10, 1950
Boston Globe 11 May 1950, p. 28
E.S. Webster, 82, Famed Industrial Engineeer, in Dead
Founded and Developed Stone & Webster Here; Rites to be Held Friday
Newton, May 10 -- Edwin Sibley Webster, 82, a pioneer in electrincal
engineering, former president and
retired chairman of Stone & Webster, Inc., died today at his home,
307 Hammond st., Chestnut Hill.
Services will be at the First Church of Chestnut Hill Friday
afternoon at 12:30.
A native of Boston, Mr. Webster founded the firm of Stone &
Webster with the late Charles A. Stone
[1867-1941], a classmate at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1889.
Since that time, Stone & Webster engineering and construction alone
has aggregated more than
Among the larger war projects were the electromagnetic plant for
the production of atomic bomb materials at Oak Ridge, Tenn,;
synthetic rubber and other process and manufacturing plants, and, in
World War I, the Hog Island Shipyards and shipbuilding for the
emergency fleet corporation.
In 1921, Mr. Webster was a member of a commission, often spoken of
in newspapers of the time as "The
Webster Commission," which studied the machinery of the state's
government and brought in recommendations that led to many
administrative reforms. Its work was much like the Hoover
Commission's study of the National government after World War II.
Firm Grew With Years
The firm of Stone & Webster has become Stone & Webster, Inc.,
with offices at 90 Broad st., New York and 49 Federal st., Boston.
It's original field, electrical engineering, especially as it
related to public utilities, has expanded to general design,
engineering and construction work, and the furnishing of supervisory
services to public utilities and industrial companies. In addition,
an investment banking business has been established.
Present activities are carried on by the Stone & Webster
Engineering Corporation, E.B. Badger & Sons
Company, Stone & Webster Service Corporation, and Stone & Webster
Securities Corporation, all wholly owned.
Mr. Webster was born in Boston Aug. 26, 1867, the son of Frank
and Mary (Messinger) Webster, and prepared at Chauncy Hall
School, Boston. He graduated from M.I.T. with the degree of
Bachelor of science.
Mr. Webster served as president and for many years as vice chairman
of the board of Stone & Webster, Inc.
and upon Mr. Stone's death in 1941, as chairman. He retired from
this office in 1946, but continued as a
director and consultant.
Among his other directorships were the United Fruit Company;
Pacific Mills; Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company; Tampa
Electric Company; and the Ames Shovel & Tool Company.
Known as Horticulturalist
Mr. Webster was a life member of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and for nearly 30 years a
member of its executive committee. He was also a member of the
American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
He served for 13 years as president of the Massachusetts
Horticultural Society, has been a trustee of the
Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a trustee of the Museum of
In addition to his home in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Webster had a
residence at Dartmouth st., Boston, and Summer
homes at Quisset on Cape Cod and Holderness, N.H. His hobbies were
flowers, photography, collecting prints
of old Boston, and paintings of Winslow Homer. For a number of years
after 1924 he was honorary Japanese
consul in Boston.
On June 1, 1893, Mr. Webster married Jane de Peyster Hovey
[1870-1969] of Boston, who survives him. He
leaves also one son, Edwin S. Webster, Jr. of New York city; two
daughters, [Mabel W.] Mrs. Richard Harte
[1893-1968] of Parkersburg, W.Va., and [Mary Messenger] Mrs. Henry
P.U. Harris [1904-1987] of New York
city; 17 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jane Depeyster Hovey Webster (1870 - 1969)
Frances Webster Hiam (1894 - 1942)
Mabel Webster Harte (1896 - 1968)
Edwin Sibley Webster
Jr.(1899 - 1957)
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Plot: Bigelow Ave, Lot 7038
GPS (lat/lon): 42.36803, -71.14545
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Edwin Sibley Webster
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