GENERAL HENRY M. ROBERT, who gave his name to the book that has brought order to millions of meetings, was a sparely built but gregarious and determined U.S. Army Engineer officer of Huguenot descent born May 2, 1837. Led to the study of parliamentary law over a number of years by experiences in civic and church organizations, he published the first edition of Robert's Rules of Order on February 19, 1876. After his retirement from the Army in 1901, he practiced consulting engineering and devoted the last decade of his life to writing on parliamentary procedure. He died on May 11, 1923.
The Council of the Robert's Rules Association has, by contract, selected an authorship team. For the 1970 (7th) edition, Sarah Corbin Robert, then the preeminent parliamentarian in the United States, was the principal author. She was assisted by Henry M. Robert III and William J. Evans, who completed the work and, later, also prepared the 8th edition. For the 9th edition, Daniel H. Honemann was added to the team. Thomas J. Balch was added to assist in writing the 10th edition, and, following the death of William J. Evans in 2007, Daniel E. Seabold and Shmuel Gerber were added to assist in the authoring of the 11th edition.
NOTE: While there are many books available with "Robert's Rules" in the title, be aware that only the 2011 editions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, published by Da Capo Press, are the current, official versions.
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