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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.

SARAH CORBIN ROBERT (1886-1972) was the daughter-in-law of the original author and the Trustee of Robert's Rules of Order Revised, and headed the authorship team which produced the most extensive general revision of the work, the 1970 edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

HENRY M. ROBERT III, grandson of General Robert, began his association with Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised when he assisted his mother, Sarah Corbin Robert, in writing the 1970 edition. He holds degrees in the Great Books Program of St. John's College in Annapolis and in physics (Laval University, Quebec). He has served as Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

WILLIAM J. EVANS (1928-2007), who earned degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law, was a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Miles & Stockbridge. He served as President of the National Association of Parliamentarians from 1979 to 1981 and also served as its Parliamentarian. He participated in writing the four previous editions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, beginning with the 1970 edition.

DANIEL H. HONEMANN is a Maryland attorney, currently serving as senior counsel to the Baltimore law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP. He is a graduate of McDaniel College and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

THOMAS J. BALCH is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist and legislative analyst. He has served as Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians and as Vice-President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. An attorney licensed to practice in Illinois, he is a graduate of Williams College and New York University School of Law.

DANIEL E. SEABOLD is a mathematics professor at Hofstra University specializing in logic and set theory. He is a graduate of McDaniel College and received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

SHMUEL GERBER received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the College of Staten Island (City University of New York). He served as Assistant Editor of the National Parliamentarian quarterly magazine for 2008 and 2009. Professionally, he is a copyeditor and a parliamentarian.


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.

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