Muhammed Alexander Russell Webb was among the first Anglo-american converts to Islam. He was born in 1846 in Hudson, York to Alexander Nelson Webb who was a leading journalist of his time. He was a journalist by profession and edited two publications. During his time of working for Missouri Republican he was appointed as the Counsel General of Philippines by President Cleveland, at the age of 41. By this time he was doing study of various religions.
He got introduced to Islam and had some correspondence with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad from India. In 1888, while in Philippines he converted to Islam.