Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In Memory of Henry Martyn Robert
— 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1812 N Street Northwest, Washington DC 20036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); 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); Sulgrave Club / Wadsworth House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Also see . . . Henry Martyn Robert. Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers website entry:
“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 over a church meeting; (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,354 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on May 25, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on July 22, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 3. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.