Warren Robinson Austin was an American politician and statesman; among other roles, he served as Senator from Vermont and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Born in Highgate Center in Franklin County, Vermont, he attended public schools, Bakersfield Academy��, and then the University of Vermont, from which he graduated in 1899. He then studied law and entered practice in 1902. In 1904 he was appointed State's attorney of Franklin County, a position he held for two years. In his first few years in politics, he served in a number of roles, including chairman of the Vermont Republican State Convention in 1908, Mayor of St. Albans in 1909, a delegate to the Congress of the Mint in 1912, and a member of the United States Court for China in 1917. During this period, he also served as a commissioner for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1907 to 1915. His rising prominence led to his appointment as a trustee of the University of Vermont in 1914, a position he would retain until 1941. He also served as a special counsel for Vermont in a dispute over the exact border between Vermont and the neighboring state of New Hampshire from 1925 to 1937.