Warren Delano Robbins

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Warren Delano Robbins
Warren Delano Robbins, 1922 March 3.jpg
Born September 3, 1885
Brooklyn, New York
Died April 7, 1935(1935-04-07) (aged 49)
Education Harvard University
Occupation Diplomat

Warren Delano Robbins (September 3, 1885 – April 7, 1935) was an American diplomat and first cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Early life[edit]

Warren Delano Robbins was born on September 3, 1885, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1908.


In 1909, he became a secretary on the staff of the United States Ambassador to Portugal. In subsequent years, he would work in a lower-level diplomatic function in Argentina (1909), France (1911), and Guatemala (1914). In 1916, he was briefly assigned to the Department of State's Division of Latin American Affairs before returning to Argentina in 1917 and then on to Chile in 1919. In 1921, he was promoted as Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs, before serving in Germany (1922) and Italy (1925).

In 1929, he was elevated to Minister and given his first post as Chief of Mission, in Salvador. (The country would change its name to El Salvador while he was at that post.) In 1930, he was made a White House ceremonial officer and in 1931 was reassigned to the State Department as Chief of Protocol of the United States. In this role, he was responsible for greeting foreign dignitaries and other ceremonial duties.

In 1933, he was assigned as Chief of Mission to Canada, a position he held until shortly before his death of pneumonia, aged 49.


He died on April 7, 1935.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jefferson Caffery
United States Envoy to El Salvador
27 February 1929–30 April 1931
Succeeded by
Charles B. Curtis
Preceded by
Hanford MacNider
United States Envoy to Canada
Succeeded by
Norman Armour