Origin: Middle English, from Old English webbestre, feminine of webba, weaver, from webb, web; see webh- in Indo-European roots.
, Daniel 1782-1852.
American politician. A U.S. representative from New Hampshire (1813-1817) and later a representative (1823-1827) and senator (1827-1841 and 1845-1850) from Massachusetts, he was a noted orator who espoused preservation of the Union. He twice served as secretary of state (1841-1843 and 1850-1852).
, John 1580?-1625?
English playwright whose works include The White Devil (published 1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (c. 1613).
, Noah 1758-1843.
American lexicographer whose Spelling Book (1783) helped standardize American spelling. His major work, An American Dictionary of the English Language, was originally published in 1828.