Webb, Joseph (1850–1933)

By: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: September 24, 2019

Joseph "Joe" Webb, businessman and civil servant, was born to John and Maria (Peña) Webb on August 21, 1850, in Brownsville, Texas. He was orphaned at the age of six and sent to Württemberg, Germany, for his education. He returned to Brownsville, where he clerked for A. J. Blumberg for two years and then went into the real estate and lumber business. On November 3, 1872, he married Charlotta "Carlotta" Campbell of Brownsville. They had two daughters. He was city treasurer from 1875 to 1880 and alderman in 1885–86. He was ranch and store manager for Richard King of the King Ranch from 1886 to 1889, when he returned to Brownsville and became marshal in April 1890. He was elected county clerk of Cameron County in November 1890 and held that office until the 1920s. Webb was a member of the Catholic Church, the Masonic lodge, the Knights of Honor, the Brownsville Commercial Club, and the Obreros Society. Webb died at his home in Brownsville on February 12, 1933, and was buried at the Old City Cemetery.

Brownsville Herald, February 13, 1933. Dermont H. Hardy and Ingham S. Roberts, eds., Historical Review of South-East Texas (2 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1910).

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September 24, 2019