Sawney Webb's goal was to build moral character, make ladies and gentlemen of his students, and prepare them for any challenge that may come their way. This has been accomplished for over 130 years through a solid liberal arts education, a strong sense of honor, and an interactive school community. Over the years, Webb has produced 10 Rhodes Scholars and its graduates have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and universities across the nation and to lead important, successful and fulfilling lives in business, education, and the arts. Webb School was founded in 1870 at Culleoka, Maury County, Tennessee, by William Robert Webb, known affectionately to thousands as "Old Sawney." Sawney was a versatile and forceful personality who left an indelible mark on many areas of life. He was active in educational, political, religious, social, and community affairs. Although he never ran for public office, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1912 to fill out an unexpired term. Of course, his greatest contribution was as an educator. The story of his work with young people makes a full chapter in the annals of American education. Under Sawney's leadership, Webb admitted female, Native American, and Asian-American students. Sawney was principal of Webb from its founding until his death in 1926.