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De Graff Austin Papers MS 1
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The collection documents De Graff Austin's political career as well as his involvement in local organziations.
Hurlbert De Graff Austin was one of nine children born to Fayette Austin and Cora Emma Andrews, on his family’s ranch near Fallbrook, California, on July 25, 1895. He lived his entire life in San Diego County, in Fallbrook, Escondido and San Diego. His father, Fayette Austin, was trained as an etymologist and served as the first San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner. De Graff Austin went to grade school in Escondido and Logan Heights then attended San Diego High School, where he served as class president in his senior year. After his high school graduation in 1913, he enrolled at Pomona College for two years to study for the Ministry of the Congregational Church. Austin was advised to give up ministry and to study law. From September 1915 to June 1917, he studied law at Hamilton-Lindley Law School in San Diego. While studying law, he worked as one of several secretaries for Arthur W. Savage, firearms manufacturer. In June of 1917, he enlisted as a Flying Cadet for the Air Section Signal Corps, U.S. Army to serve during World War I. Austin received his ground training at University of California, Berkeley and flight training at Kelley Field, Rockwell Field, Ream Field, and March Field. He was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant later that same year. He left the Service in 1919 and went on to work for various local firms.
14.0 Linear feet (26 boxes)
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This collection is open for research.