Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Wednesday,
October 25, 1871
Rockville, IL Trial

mandamus case

Friday,
October 27, 1871
Pontiac, MI Trial
Wednesday,
November 15, 1871 *
Date is approximate
Davenport, IA Trial

case lasted 3 days

Tuesday,
November 21, 1871
Pittsfield Trial

case before Judge Higbee

Wednesday,
November 22, 1871
Rock Island, IL Trial

case before common council

Thursday,
November 23, 1871
Springfield, MA Trial

case before (judge?) Treat

Tuesday,
June 15, 1875
Chicago, IL Trial Railroad Tax Case
Tuesday,
February 29, 1876
Washington, DC Trial Legal case before Supreme Court

State Railroad Tax Cases, Oct 1875 Term, 92 U.S. 375

Wednesday,
May 10, 1876
US District Court
Chicago, IL
Trial Request for Postponement, Munn Trial
Friday,
May 12, 1876
US District Court
Chicago, IL
Trial Munn Trial – Opening Remarks
Monday,
May 22, 1876
Chicago, IL Trial Address to Jury, Munn Trial
Monday,
June 26, 1876
US District Court
Chicago, IL
Trial Railroad Tax Case
Thursday,
November 30, 1876
Hartford, CT Trial

Some sort of legal business

Saturday,
December 16, 1876
Washington, DC Trial

railroad business

Tuesday,
February 12, 1878
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav
Wednesday,
April 3, 1878
House Committee on Public Lands
Washington, DC
Trial concerning title to land in Iowa
Thursday,
April 11, 1878
Wormley's Hotel
Washington, DC
Trial French-American Commercial Treaty

met with French officials and Senators

Monday,
April 29, 1878
Chicago, IL Trial made arguments 2 lawsuits Tour:
78D
Friday,
January 31, 1879
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav Tour:
78B
Friday,
May 12, 1882
House Committee on Elections
Washington, DC
Trial Herbert vs. Strobach

2nd Alabama House District Case

Thursday,
June 1, 1882
Washington, DC Trial Star Trial 1 Opening
Tuesday,
September 5, 1882
Washington, DC Trial Star Trial 1

address to jury

Wednesday,
September 6, 1882
Washington, DC Trial Star Trial 1

address to jury/closing arguments

Friday,
September 15, 1882
Washington, DC Trial Star Trial 1 Closing
Wednesday,
November 1, 1882
Police Court
Washington, DC
Trial Payne Trial

Part of Star Route trials

Monday,
December 4, 1882
Trial Star Trial 2 Opening
Thursday,
June 14, 1883
Washington, DC Trial Star Route Trial 2 Closing
Monday,
December 10, 1883
Supreme Court
Washington, DC
Trial Star Route Trial 3 Opening

People vs. Kellogg

Tuesday,
April 29, 1884
Washington, DC Trial US v Kellog

trial began

Tour:
84B
Thursday,
May 1, 1884
Washington, DC Trial US v Kellog

trial finished – Kellog acquitted

Tour:
84B
Monday,
March 30, 1885
Hartford, CT Trial Law case
Sunday,
June 14, 1885
Supreme Court
New York, NY
Trial Western Union vs. Bankers Telegraph
Tuesday,
July 21, 1885
New York, NY Trial Telegraph case representing Edward S. Stokes
Wednesday,
September 2, 1885
Cleveland, OH Trial Law case
Wednesday,
January 13, 1886
Syracuse, NY Trial
Tuesday,
April 20, 1886 *
Date is approximate
Barnstable, MA Trial
Friday,
May 21, 1886
New York, NY Trial opening speech to jury

trial: Bankers’ and Merchants’ Telegraph vs. Western Union

Friday,
June 11, 1886
New York, NY Trial Farnsworth vs. Western Union
Monday,
August 23, 1886
Albany, NY Trial People vs. Squire
Wednesday,
October 27, 1886
Court House
Morristown, NJ
Trial Initial hearing in Reynolds case

requested delay due to trouble with voice

Wednesday,
December 29, 1886
State Supreme Court
Hartford, CT
Trial Representing Mr. Simpson

private legal matter

Tuesday,
March 8, 1887
State Supreme Court
Boston, MA
Trial Snow vs Alley
Wednesday,
May 4, 1887
State Supreme Court
New York, NY
Trial Cox vs. Stokes
Thursday,
May 19, 1887
Morristown, NJ Trial Reynolds Trial
Friday,
June 10, 1887
Cincinnati, OH Trial legal business
Thursday,
July 14, 1887 *
Date is approximate
Syracuse, NY Trial Telegraph Case
Tuesday,
October 25, 1887
Yorkville Police Court
New York, NY
Trial defense of Adolph Gibbons

accused of assault on Ann Ward. Case ajourned to .

Saturday,
October 29, 1887
Yorkville Police Court
New York, NY
Trial defense of Adolph Gibbons
Wednesday,
November 9, 1887
State Supreme Court
New York, NY
Trial Eno vs. Seymore et al
Wednesday,
November 30, 1887
Court of Appeals
Albany, NY
Trial Sharp Case
Wednesday,
January 18, 1888
Dedham, MA Trial Snow vs Alley
Friday,
January 20, 1888
Dedham, MA Trial Snow vs Alley
Tuesday,
February 7, 1888
Patent Office
Washington, DC
Trial McDonahue vs. Bell Co

Coverage includes RGI comments on Patents that is very timely today

Wednesday,
March 28, 1888
Senate Hearing
Washington, DC
Trial

speaking against Spooner Interstate Telegraph bill

Friday,
May 18, 1888
Albany, NY Trial legal case

in State Court of Appeals – could be NYC

Monday,
July 2, 1888
Supreme Court Chambers
Newburgh, NY
Trial
Tuesday,
September 4, 1888
Syracuse, NY Trial legal case
Wednesday,
January 16, 1889
Congressional Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Brief submitted

Ingersoll retained by Actors Order of Friendship

February, 1889 *
Date is approximate
Trial Kerr Trial
Friday,
March 15, 1889
Court of Oyer and Terminer
New York, NY
Trial Kerr Trial Ended

Kerr acquitted

November, 1889 New York, NY Trial Lawsuit between Pope & Belgian King

perhaps the most ironic client of Ingersoll’s career – he represented Pope Leo XIII

Monday,
January 6, 1890
Court of Oyer and Terminer
New York, NY
Trial Sheriff Flack Case
Thursday,
January 16, 1890
New York, NY Trial Cammerer vs. Muller

Ingersoll represented Mr. Muller

Saturday,
January 18, 1890
New York, NY Trial Cammerer vs. Muller

Ingersoll represented Mr. Muller

Monday,
June 23, 1890
Rochester, NY Trial Tone vs. Brown law
Saturday,
February 7, 1891
Montana Supreme Court
Helena, MT
Trial Davis Will Case

Davis Will case concludes

Wednesday,
May 20, 1891
Butte, MT Trial Davis Will Case Starts
Wednesday,
June 3, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial Court Case

Receivership of Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw RR

Tour:
91D
Friday,
June 26, 1891 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Trial Secret Meeting with President Harrison

Concerning cable between US and Brazil

Wednesday,
July 22, 1891
Federal Court
Indianapolis, IN
Trial Clover Leaf Railraod
Saturday,
August 1, 1891
Butte, MT Trial in Butte for Davis will case

letter home

Saturday,
September 5, 1891
Butte, MT Trial Davis Will Case
Monday,
October 26, 1891
Chicago, IL Trial
Tuesday,
December 22, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial legal case
Monday,
May 16, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Las Vegas, NM Trial legal business

case against Dorsey over defunct Palo Blanco Cattle Co.

Tour:
92D
Monday,
October 3, 1892
Supreme Court
Brooklyn, NY
Trial Read-Stokes Trial

Ingersoll testified for Read

Wednesday,
December 14, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Gray-Sheppard Case
New York, NY
Trial trial
February, 1893 Court of Appeals
Albany, NY
Trial trial

case involved Croton Aquaduct

Monday,
February 6, 1893
Brooklyn City Court
Brooklyn, NY
Trial Annulment of Col. Sinn
Monday,
March 6, 1893
Circuit Court
New York, NY
Trial Case of Eccles vs. Radam

Case Started

Tour:
93B
Thursday,
March 9, 1893
Circuit Court
New York, NY
Trial Case of Eccles vs. Radam

Case Finished

Tour:
93B
Saturday,
May 20, 1893
Cleveland, OH Trial Cloverleaf Railroad Case
Monday,
May 29, 1893
Brooklyn City Court
Brooklyn, NY
Trial Annulment of Col. Sinn
Monday,
May 18, 1896
69 Wall Street
New York, NY
Trial Trial

Ingersoll a witness Continental Trust vs. Toledo RR

Tuesday,
November 15, 1898
New York, NY Trial Representing Mary Robertson in contesting will

before Surrogate Fitzgerald

Wednesday,
June 21, 1899
Camden, NJ Trial case of Russell vs. Russell