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John Q. Tilson

Tilson's Manual, or A Manual of Parliamentary Procedure, is a parliamentary authority written by John Q. Tilson and published in 1948.

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John Q. Tilson American politician

John Quillin Tilson was an American politician. A Republican, he represented Connecticut in the United States House of Representatives for almost 22 years and was House Majority leader for 6 years.


Seconding motions

Chapter VI of Tilson's Manual is on Seconding Motions. Tilson explores the history of seconding motions in the English Parliament and in early American Legislatives. He then details the reasons why the practice of seconding motions should be dropped. [1]

Cited in Mason's Legislative Manual . [2]

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  1. Tilson, John Q. (1948). A Manual Of Parliamentary Procedure. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 47–54.
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures (2000). Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure