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Henry Martyn Robert
Both of these pictures are from Ralph Smedley's biography of General Robert
The Great Peacemaker (Borden Publishing 1955).
[All of this biographical information was found in the preface pages of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised]
Henry Martyn Robert (1837-1923), author of Robert’s Rules of Order, was a Brigadier General in the Union Army during the Civil War.
In 1863, then only a lieutenant, Robert was asked to chair a local town meeting at a church in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Later researching a small book on the subject, he found some rules for DELIBERATIVE ASSEMBLIES which had four or five motions
By 1869, he produced a sixteen page pamphlet of parliamentary rules for lay assemblies and wrote Part 1 based on the
Before he died in 1923, he accomplished the major groundwork for establishing the order, rules, and procedures of meetings.
Direct quote from pages XLIV and XLV closing paragraph from RONR 10th ed.:
Robert’s Rules of Order Publications
[All editions were worked on by General Henry M. Robert himself or a relative or a spouse of a relative, so editorial control
1876 first edition had mostly Part I in it, 3,000 copies sold out within four months (1,000 copies were given away).
1876 second edition had Part II adding a Table of Rules Relating to Motions, Order of Conduct of Business.
1893 third edition, added 26 pages of text.
1915 Robert’s Rules of Order Revised expanded the 1893 edition by 75%.
1943 5th edition
1951 75th Anniversary edition
1970 Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR). More work went into this edition than all six previous editions combined.
1981 8th edition. This was the edition that came out in paperback in 1984.
1990 9th edition
2000 10th edition
2012 11th edition with 120 new changes from the 10th edition
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