James E. Webb

James Edwin Webb (October 7, 1906 – March 27, 1992) was an American government official who served as Undersecretary of State from 1949–1952. He was also the second appointed administrator of NASA from February 14, 1961, to October 7, 1968. Webb oversaw NASA from the beginning of the Kennedy administration through the end of the Johnson administration, thus overseeing all[dubious discuss] the critical first manned launches in the Mercury through Gemini programs, until just before the first crewed Apollo flight. He also dealt with the Apollo 1 fire.

For other people named James Webb, see James Webb (disambiguation).

American governmental official
James E. Webb
2nd Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
In office
February 14, 1961  October 7, 1968
President John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Deputy Hugh Dryden
Robert Seamans
Thomas O. Paine
Preceded by T. Keith Glennan
Succeeded by Thomas O. Paine
United States Under Secretary of State
In office
January 28, 1949  February 29, 1952
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Robert A. Lovett
Succeeded by David Bruce
7th Director of the Bureau of the Budget
In office
July 13, 1946  January 27, 1949
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Harold D. Smith
Succeeded by Frank Pace
Personal details
James Edwin Webb

(1906-10-07)October 7, 1906
Tally Ho, North Carolina, U.S.
(now Stem)

Died March 27, 1992(1992-03-27) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Education University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
George Washington University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1930–1932
Rank Lieutenant colonel[1]

In 2002, the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) was renamed the James Webb Space Telescope as a tribute to Webb. The James Webb Space Telescope is slated to launch in December 2021.

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Webb was born in 1906 in the hamlet of Tally Ho in Granville County, North Carolina. His father was superintendent of the Granville County public schools.[2] He completed his college education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1928. He was a member of the Acacia fraternity. Webb became a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and he served as a Marine Corps pilot on active duty from 1930 to 1932. Webb then studied law at The George Washington University Law School where he received a J.D. degree in 1936. In the same year, he was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia.

Webb began his long career in public service in Washington, D.C., by serving as secretary to US Representative Edward W. Pou of North Carolina from 1932 to 1934. Pou was chairman of the Rules Committee and Dean of the House. With Webb’s assistance, Pou was influential in pushing through the first legislation of Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s New Deal during the first hundred days of Roosevelt’s term. In addition to his secretarial duties, Webb provided physical assistance to the aging and ailing Pou.[3]

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