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Webb, William Edwards

William Edwards Webb (ca. 1777-1829) of Granville County, NC, was admitted to the Dialectic Society on a unanimous vote on June 2, 1796. Though he did not receive a degree with his class, by 1797 he was teaching in the University's preparatory school. He was "waylaid and stoned" during the week of student unrest preceding the 1799 Commencement. Shortly thereafter, when Samuel A. Holmes resigned from the faculty, Webb became professor of ancient languages. He left the University in 1800 to teach school in Halifax, NC, and he represented Halifax County in the House of Commons from 1809 to 1812. A trustee from 1809 to 1818, Webb eventually returned to the University and received the BA degree in 1812 and an MA in 1815 (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 6:150-51).