Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Henry Martyn Robert
—Brigadier General, U. S. Army —
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. Touch for map.
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); Dupont Circle Mural Key (about 500 feet away); Myrtilla Miner (about 600 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was first asked to preside (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
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 Powell, Ohio.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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