Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
November, 1833 Dresden, NY Miscellaneous family moved

destination not currently known

1835 Cazenovia, NY Miscellaneous family moved

Rev. Ingersoll called to preach at Free Church

1836 *
Date is approximate
New York, NY Miscellaneous Baptised

In a theater where his father preached

May, 1837 Adams, NY Miscellaneous family moved

Rev. Ingersoll preached a year in Adams prior to Belleville

May, 1838 Belleville, NY Miscellaneous family moved

John Ingersoll preached in Belleville for 2 years

1841 Greenville, IL Miscellaneous family moved
1842 Madison, OH Miscellaneous family moved

source has father preaching 3 years (till 1845) at 1st Congregational Church

1843 *
Date is approximate
Shawneetown, IL Miscellaneous family moved
November, 1844 Aurora, IL Miscellaneous family moved

Pastorate ended May 1845

Saturday,
July 1, 1848
Waukesha, WI Miscellaneous family moved

village then known as Praireville – left a little more than 6 months later for Illinois

1851 Greenville, IL Miscellaneous attended school in basement of Old Presbyterian church
Wednesday,
December 20, 1854
Court House
Mount Vernon, IL
Miscellaneous Admitted to bar
December, 1854 *
Date is approximate
Metropolis, IL Miscellaneous moved to Metropolis to practice law
1856 Shawneetown, IL Miscellaneous moved to Shawneetown to practice law

with brother and father

February, 1857 Peoria, IL Miscellaneous moved to Peoria with brother Ebon

Smith says 1858

1867 Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Elected 4th VP of Union League of America

Tuesday,
February 13, 1872
Schroeder's Opera House
Bloomington, IL
Miscellaneous Women’s Suffrage Convention

There with Susan B Anthony& others.

Friday,
April 3, 1874
TPW railroad employees
Peoria, IL
Miscellaneous meeting with employees

explained bankruptcy of railroad to employees of Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw RR

Wednesday,
September 16, 1874
State Fair
Peoria, IL
Miscellaneous Attended
Friday,
January 15, 1875
Chicago, IL Miscellaneous Motion for Receivership

representing Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw RR

Monday,
March 5, 1877
Washington, DC Miscellaneous meeting with President Hayes

cabinet post

Thursday,
September 20, 1877
St. Nicholas Hotel
New York, NY
Miscellaneous check in
Friday,
October 26, 1877
National Liberal League
Rochester, NY
Miscellaneous elected VP

Ingersoll there?

Monday,
November 5, 1877
Courthouse
Indianapolis, IN
Miscellaneous Attended funeral of Oliver P. Morton (former IN gov.)
November, 1877 Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Moved residence to Washington

Wednesday,
January 16, 1878
12:00 AM *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous Legal work
Saturday,
April 20, 1878
National Theater
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous attended The Chimes of Normandy Tour:
78D
Friday,
May 24, 1878
House Chambers
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous encounter with reporter
Monday,
August 19, 1878
Alloway, Scotland Miscellaneous Composed poem on birthplace of Burns
Friday,
August 8, 1879
Astor House
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Meeting of National Liberal League

concerning Bennett case

Sunday,
April 4, 1880
Toronto, ONT Miscellaneous Dialogue with Rev. Clark Tour:
80C
Friday,
May 14, 1880
House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Watching Session

With wife and daughter

Tour:
80D
Thursday,
December 23, 1880
Riggs House
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Towpath Club Banquet
Sunday,
February 6, 1881
Home
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous

reporter visited Ingersoll at home

Friday,
February 11, 1881
Capitol Building
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous

some kind of talk in the statuary room

Sunday,
April 10, 1881
Paine Hall
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous at lecture by George Chainey

Lecture was Lights and Shades of Liberalism.

Tour:
81A
1882 Edison Labs
Menolo Park, NJ
Miscellaneous Audio Recording – Creed

Location Uncertain – early audio recording made by Ingersoll

Sunday,
August 6, 1882
Long Beach, NY Miscellaneous Vacationing

caught chill

Sunday,
January 14, 1883
National Theater
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Introduced Mr. Kidd for his Lincoln lecture
Wednesday,
February 14, 1883
Washington, DC Miscellaneous 21st wedding anniversary
March, 1883 Washington, DC Miscellaneous Introduction to lecture on Lincoln

Lawyer Lincoln by the Crier of the Court by Mr. Kidd

Wednesday,
May 16, 1883 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous At Reunion of Army of Potamac

possible appearance/lecture?

Wednesday,
June 27, 1883 *
Date is approximate
Long Beach, NY Miscellaneous Vacationing

reported dead in Washington, but in best of health

August, Rochester, NY Miscellaneous Freethinkers Assoc. of NY?

Ingersoll there?

Sunday,
December 16, 1883
National Theater
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Introduced Charles Cravens at his lecture

Craven’s lecuture was Shakespeare

Sunday,
January 6, 1884
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Introduced Helen Gardener for her lecture Tour:
84A
Monday,
February 18, 1884
Home
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Party for John McCullough

about 50 guests

Tour:
84A
Tuesday,
April 29, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Introduced lecture by William Armstrong on nilism

Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
November 18, 1884
St. Louis, MO Miscellaneous

Delegate at National Cattleman’s Association

Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
December 9, 1884
Marion, OH Miscellaneous

in town for a short while – on way to Upper Sandusky for lecture

Tour:
84F
Thursday,
January 22, 1885
Train Station
Auburn, NY
Miscellaneous Conversation with minister

With Mrs. Ingersoll

Tour:
85A
Sunday,
April 19, 1885
Paine Hall
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous Attended meeting of Ingersoll Secular Society Tour:
85D
Sunday,
July 19, 1885
Adams House
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous Conversation with Buffalo Bill

possibly New York rather than Boston?

Saturday,
August 29, 1885
Manhattan Beach, NY Miscellaneous Dogfight

Ingersoll’s mastiff involved in fight with minister’s dog

July, 1886 *
Date is approximate
IL Miscellaneous afflicted with growths on vocal cords – lecturing curtailed

returning from Illinois

Thursday,
November 11, 1886
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Opened Congress of American Secular Union
Sunday,
December 5, 1886
New York, NY Miscellaneous Dinner for Buffalo Bill Cody
Thursday,
June 2, 1887
Mayors office
New York, NY
Miscellaneous argued against blue laws in NY hotels
Thursday,
August 11, 1887
Marblehead, MA Miscellaneous watching yacht racing
Sunday,
September 18, 1887
Nanepashemet House
Marblehead, MA
Miscellaneous Summer Vacation

enjoying yacht racing

Saturday,
September 24, 1887
Young's
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous New England Club dinner

gave brief talk on the Anarchists – headed for NY afterward

Monday,
February 13, 1888
Remsen Hall
Brooklyn, NY
Miscellaneous Lincoln Toast
Thursday,
March 15, 1888
Madison Square Theater
New York, NY
Miscellaneous

attended reception for Henry Irving, put on by the Gothe Society

Tuesday,
May 8, 1888
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Limits of Toleration

debate

September, 1888 Cooper Union
New York, NY
Miscellaneous debate

possible debate with Henry George on Tarriffs –

Monday,
November 26, 1888
New York, NY Miscellaneous At performance of Julia Marlowe
Monday,
March 11, 1889
36 Beach Street
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Attended John Ericsson funeral

recessed Kerr trial in order to attend

Friday,
May 31, 1889
New York, NY Miscellaneous sick at home
Friday,
October 11, 1889
389 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Miscellaneous Attended 25th Anniversary of Mr & Mrs. Chandler
Monday,
December 9, 1889
Hotel Brunswick
New York, NY
Miscellaneous inducted as member of Gothe Society

Smith has date as the 11th

Thursday,
March 20, 1890
Delmonicos
New York, NY
Miscellaneous NY Press Club Banquet

brief speech made

Sunday,
March 30, 1890 *
Date is approximate
Race Track
Albany, NY
Miscellaneous Bobsledding

With Susan B. Anthony, Talmage, Mark Twain, others

Saturday,
May 31, 1890
Reisser's
Philadelphia, PA
Miscellaneous diner party for Walt Whitman’s birthday
Monday,
April 27, 1891
Home?
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Sick
Monday,
May 18, 1891
Hotel Broadwater
Helena, MT
Miscellaneous Our Visiting Friends

Toast – date could also be May 25.

Sunday,
November 22, 1891
400 Fifth Ave
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Meeting with fellow agnostics

meeting at Ingersoll’s home

Thursday,
January 21, 1892
Clover Club
Philadelphia, PA
Miscellaneous dinner
Sunday,
April 17, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Astor House
Green Bay, WI
Miscellaneous

weighed in at 231 pounds – lecture @ Green Bay?

Tour:
92C
Saturday,
February 11, 1893
Delmonicos
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Republican Club Dinner

spoke on Lincoln

Friday,
March 31, 1893
Home
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Sick with Rhemetism at the back of the neck
Saturday,
April 1, 1893
Home
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Annulment of Col. Sinn

Court case postponed due to Col. Ingersoll’s illness

Thursday,
June 1, 1893
New York, NY Miscellaneous dinner to celebrate Whitman’s Birthday

Ingersoll presided

Friday,
December 31, 1897
Berliner Recording Studio
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Audio Recording – Liberty

Berliner Catalog 695

Friday,
December 31, 1897
Berliner Recording Studio
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Audio Recording – Hope

Berliner Catalog 697

Saturday,
December 17, 1898
Fifth Ave Presbyterian Church
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Attended funeral for Calvin S. Brice