Henry Martyn Robert is far better known today for the rules he introduced for the proper conduct of assemblies than he is for literally lifting Galveston from the nadir of the 1900 Storm.

Robert was a stubborn sort, the sort of man who could attend a rowdy church meeting — as he did in 1863 — and come away determined to research and annotate and publish the proper rules for conducting an assembly of any sort.

Tom Bassing writes a weekly column about the history of Galveston County. He can be reached at bassingtom@gmail.com.

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