Charles B. Robbins
Born(1877-11-06)November 6, 1877
DiedJuly 5, 1943(1943-07-05) (aged 65)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Helen Larrabee Robbins
(m. 1903; died 1919)
United States Assistant Secretary of War
In office
January 4, 1928 – March 5, 1929
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byHanford MacNider
Succeeded byPatrick J. Hurley
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsSpanish-American War
Philippine-American War
World War I
AwardsSilver Star
Purple Heart

Charles Burton Robbins (November 6, 1877 – July 5, 1943) was a United States Army officer and United States Assistant Secretary of War from 1928 to 1929.


Robbins was born on November 6, 1877, in Hastings, Iowa.[1] His family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1893. Both of his parents died and Robbins went to a private school in Long Island, New York. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1898.[2]

After graduating, Robbins enlisted into the United States Army to serve in the Spanish-American War. Fighting in the Battle of Marilao River on March 27, 1899, Robbins was wounded in action. He was commissioned as a lieutenant when he was sent to the Philippine-American War. After the war, Robbins enrolled at Columbia Law School and enlisted in the New York National Guard.[2]

Robbins returned to Iowa in 1903 to practice insurance law. He also married Helen Larrabee, the daughter of Governor William Larrabee and Anna Matilda Larrabee. In 1909, Governor Beryl F. Carroll appointed Robbins as a judge on the superior court of to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During World War I, he served as adjutant to Brigadier General Hubert Allison Allen at Camp Cody, New Mexico. Following the war, Robbins was promoted to major in the Army Reserves and then to colonel in the Officers Reserve Corps.[2]

In January 1928, President Calvin Coolidge appointed Robbins as Assistant Secretary of War, succeeding Hanford MacNider.[3] He submitted his resignation on March 5, 1929.[4]

Robbins died on July 5, 1943, in Cedar Rapids. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.[5]


  1. ^ "11 Oct 1931, 5 – The Gazette at". October 11, 1931. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Kauffman, Clark (March 16, 2015). "Time Machine: Colonel Charles B. Robbins". The Gazette. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "National Affairs: MacNider Out, Robbins in". Time. January 16, 1928.
  4. ^ "5 Mar 1929, 12 – The Gazette at". March 5, 1929. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  5. ^ "Obituary for Charles Burton Robbins (Aged 65)". July 9, 1943. Retrieved May 15, 2022.