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March 8, 2024

St. Louis Native Who Led Both the FBI and CIA Celebrates His 100th Birthday

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the FBI celebrated former Director William Webster’s 100th birthday with a reception at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mr. Webster is the only person in history to become director of both the FBI (1978-1987) and CIA (1987-1991). The reception included recorded video greetings from a number of contemporary dignitaries.

Mr. Webster was born on March 6, 1924. He graduated from Webster Groves High School in 1941, Amherst College, and Washington University Law School. Some of his public service and contributions in St. Louis included:

  • U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Board of Trustees, Washington University Law School
  • Scholarship in his name at Washington University Law School
  • Funded 300 trees for the City of Webster Groves in 2014

Two of the videos shown at today’s reception are posted on the FBI’s website (free to use):

  • Tribute from St. Louis with greetings from Webster Groves Mayor Laura Arnold, Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Andrew Martin, and FBI St. Louis Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg


  • Director William Webster’s own remarks to the Bureau’s workforce in 1979 reflecting on his first year as the head of the FBI.