Webster, the name of seven counties in the United States. I. An E: central county of West Virginia, drained by Gauley and Elk rivers, tributaries of the Kanawha; area, about 400 sq. m.; pop. in 1870,1,730. The surface is generally very hilly, and in some parts mountainous. Iron ore and bituminous coal are abundant. The chief productions in 1870 were 1,196 bushels of wheat, 21,075 of Indian corn, 4,686 of oats, 2,340 of potatoes, 14,563 lbs. of butter, 4,598 of wool, 2,508 of tobacco, and 504 tons of hay. There were 359 horses, 643 milch cows, 769 other cattle, 2,018 sheep, and 1,136 swine. Capital, Webster Court House.
A S. W. County Of Georgia, drained by affluents of the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers; area, about 325 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,677, of whom 2,238 were colored. The surface is undulating and the soil fertile. The chief productions in 1870 were 1,421 bushels of wheat, 86,810 of Indian corn, 11,041 of sweet potatoes, 14,958 lbs. of butter, and 3,167 bales of cotton. There were 270 horses, 580 milch cows, 1,355 other cattle, 458 sheep, and 4,625 swine. Capital, Preston.
A N. W. Parish Of Louisiana, bordering on Arkansas; area, about 550 sq. m.; pop. in 1875, 9,522, of whom 5,282 were colored. It is intersected from N. to S. by Bayou Dauchite, which empties into Lake Bistineau in the S. part. The surface is rolling, and consists largely of prairies; the soil is productive. Capital, Minden.
A N. W. County Of Kentucky, bounded N. • E. by Green river, and drained by its tributaries; area, about 290 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 10,937, of whom 1,355 were colored. It has a diversifiedsurface and a fertile soil. The Green river is rendered navigable by slackwater improvements. The St. Louis and Southeastern railroad crosses the E. part. The chief productions in 1870 were 39,771 bushels of wheat, 221,679 of Indian corn, 21,765 of oats, 9,602 of Irish and 7,310 of sweet potatoes, 42,660 lbs. of butter, 21,994 of wool, 3,511,649 of tobacco, and 1,379 tons of hay. There were 2,965 horses, 2,233 milch cows, 2,931 other cattle, 10,549 sheep, and 16,673 swine. Capital, Dixon.
A Central County Of Iowa, intersected by the Des Moines river, and also drained by Lizard river and other branches of that stream; area, 1,080 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 10,484. The surface is diversified by prairie and woodland, and the soil is tolerably fertile. It is traversed by the Des Moines Valley and the Illinois Central railroads. The chief productions in 1870 were 155,385 bushels of wheat, 301,176 of Indian corn, 98,763 of oats, 25,523 of potatoes, 221,990 lbs. of butter, 8,829 of woof, and 23,378 tons of hay. There were 2,435 horses, 2,357 milch cows, 4,087 other cattle, 3,160 sheep, and 3,304 swine. Capital, Fort Dodge.
A S. County Of Nebraska, intersected by Eepublican river, and bordering on Kansas; area, 576 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 16; in 1875, 2,590. The surface consists chiefly of undulating prairies; the soil is productive. Capital, Red Cloud.
A S. W. County Of Missouri, drained by several branches of the Gasconade and White rivers; area, about 575 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 10,434, of whom 248 were colored. The surface is undulating and the soil fertile. Iron ore is found. The Atlantic and Pacific railroad passes through it. The chief productions in 1870 were 73,581 bushels of wheat, 288,918 of Indian corn, 76,-' 568 of oats, 17,872 of potatoes, 97,765 lbs. of butter, 18,538 of wool, 143,162 of tobacco, and 1,746 tpns of hay. There were 3,318 horses, 2,487 milch cows, 4,383 other cattle, 10,545 sheep, and 15,985 swine; 3 wool-carding and cloth-dressing establishments, 5 flour mills, and 4 saw mills. Capital, Marshfield.
Ebenezer, an American patriot, father of Daniel Webster, born in Kingston, N. II., in 1739, died in Salisbury (now Franklin), N. H., in 1806. He served under Gen. Amherst in the "old French war," and in 1761 was one of the original settlers of that part of the town of Salisbury now known as Franklin, then the northernmost New England settlement. He was a farmer and innkeeper, and at the outbreak of the revolution led the Salisbury militia to Cambridge. Subsequently he fought at White Plains and Bennington, was at West Point during the treason of Arnold, and served in other campaigns until the close of the war, when he had attained the rank of colonel of militia. He was at various times a member of one or the other branch of the legislature, and from 1791 till his death was judge of the court of common pleas of Hillsborough co.
Ezekiel, eldest son of the preceding by his second wife, born in Salisbury, March 11, 1780, died in Concord, April 10, 1829. He graduated at Dartmouth college in 1804, studied law, and rose to eminence in his profession. He also served in the state legislature. He died instantaneously of disease of the heart while trying a cause in Concord.