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"Robert's Rules of Order" by Henry M. Robert

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Interesting Fact:

Henry M. Robert was appointed to the West Point Military Academy in 1853 at age 16. During the Civil War, he helped to plan the defenses of the harbors at Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

Study Questions:

  • What are the Robert's Rules of Order? When are they used?
  • What organizations or groups would use the Rules of Order and why?
  • Why did Henry Robert feel the need for such a publication?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 19:

    1878: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his phonograph.
    1945: The U.S. Marines land on Iwo Jima during World War II.

  • February 19

    February 19, 1876: "The Robert's Rules of Order" was published by Milwaukee author Major Henry M. Robert.

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