Former USACE Chief of Engineers, Brig. Gen. Henry Martyn Robert, headed a board of engineers tasked with devising ‘the safest and most efficient way for protecting the city against overflows from the sea’ on the heels of the 1900 Galveston hurricane. However, Robert is probably most famous for writing what would become the country’s standard for organizing and facilitating discussions and decision making, 1876’s Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies. This collection of rules would become known as “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

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