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Henry Martyn Robert

1837–1923

 

—Brigadier General, U. S. Army —

 
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By Tom Fuchs, April 3, 2010
1. In Memory Of Henry Martyn Robert Marker
Inscription. In Memory Of Henry Martyn Robert (1837–1923), Brigadier General, U. S. Army. One of this country’s most distinguished river, harbor and shoreline engineers, he was led by civic concerns to become the noted original author of the familiar parliamentary manual, ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER.

Robert served in the city-managerial army position of Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia from 1890 to 1891. Consequently a key initial member of the Rock Creek National Park Commission, he helped create the city’s popular wooded refuge.

While Commissioner, he lived in the house that stood on this site at 1812 N Street N. W., for nearly a century until 1982. The front of the house and those of adjacent dwellings of the period remain preserved in position, skillfully blended into the architecture of a modern office building.
 
Erected 2001 by the National Association of Parliamentarians in the 125th year since the first publication of ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, in September.
 
Location. 38° 54.429′ N, 77° 2.564′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on N Street NW just west of Connecticut Avenue NW. Click for map.
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By J. Makali Bruton, July 22, 2016
2. Henry Martyn Robert Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 1812 N St NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); John Witherspoon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Myrtilla Miner (about 600 feet away); The Brewmaster's Castle (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); You are standing at the heart (about 700 feet away); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (about 700 feet away); Andrew Mellon Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry Martyn Robert. Brief biography on the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers website. “Assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers, in 1858 he led a detachment to the isthmus of Panama to explore the possibilities for a canal. In 1859, he built a fort on San Juan Island to protect the northwest United States from the British in British Columbia (the border with Canada had not yet been settled). In 1861, he helped to build the defenses of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. From there he was posted to Philadelphia, and then to New Bedford, Mass. It was in New Bedford that he
Office Building on Site of Former Residence image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 3, 2010
3. Office Building on Site of Former Residence
Marker can be seen next to sidewalk to the left of the door.
was first asked to preside over a church meeting; and it was here he first observed that, during the discussion of contentious subjects, meeting decorum tended to break down. When it came time to make decisions, each member referred, either implicitly or explicitly, to different rules of order, depending on their personal background and geographic origin. The result was a disorder that made prevented goals being accomplished and made the engineer uncomfortable.” (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

2. Short History of Robert’s Rules. “Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. Without warning he was asked to preside over a public meeting being held in a church in his community and realized that he did not know how. He tried anyway and his embarrassment was supreme. This event, which may seem familiar to many readers, left him determined never to attend another meeting until he knew something of parliamentary law. ” (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
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4. Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert
Detail from Preserved Façade image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 3, 2010
5. Detail from Preserved Façade
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017.
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