Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Wednesday,
November 27, 1872
Tremont House
Chicago, IL
Travel Unknown

legal case?

Tuesday,
July 8, 1873
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Unknown

legal case?

Saturday,
November 22, 1873
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Unknown

legal case?

Sunday,
December 21, 1873
West Side Opera House
Chicago, IL
Lecture Gods

enormous audience

Thursday,
February 26, 1874
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Unknown

legal case?

Sunday,
May 3, 1874
Kingsbury Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Heretics
Tuesday,
September 22, 1874
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Unknown
Friday,
January 15, 1875
Chicago, IL Miscellaneous Motion for Receivership

representing Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw RR

Tuesday,
February 16, 1875
Tremont House
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Eva and Maud

“been in court nearly all day”

Tuesday,
June 15, 1875
Chicago, IL Trial Railroad Tax Case
Saturday,
July 31, 1875
Tremont House
Chicago, IL
Travel Arrive
Monday,
January 24, 1876
Tremont House
Chicago, IL
Travel Arrive
Saturday,
February 5, 1876
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Arrive
Saturday,
April 1, 1876
Tremont House
Chicago, IL
Travel Arrive
Wednesday,
May 10, 1876
US District Court
Chicago, IL
Trial Request for Postponement, Munn Trial
Friday,
May 12, 1876
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel Arrive
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
Friday,
June 9, 1876
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Tribune

His Opinion of the Candidates

Monday,
June 26, 1876
US District Court
Chicago, IL
Trial Railroad Tax Case
Saturday,
July 8, 1876
Market Street
Chicago, IL
Lecture Cancelled Rally for Hayes

cancelled due to sickness

Friday,
July 28, 1876
Republican Party Headquarters
Chicago, IL
Travel Visiting

had just returned from NY

Saturday,
October 21, 1876
Centennial building
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Chicago Speech

~20,000 attendees

Tour:
76C
Monday,
November 13, 1876
Chicago, IL Correspondence Telegram to Wife
Saturday,
December 30, 1876
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Uncategorized
Friday,
January 12, 1877
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Eva & Maud
Tuesday,
March 27, 1877
Farwell Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77B
Monday,
April 9, 1877
McCormick Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Ghosts

hall crowded to full capacity

Tour:
77C
Monday,
April 29, 1878
Chicago, IL Trial made arguments 2 lawsuits Tour:
78D
Sunday,
March 23, 1879
Haverly's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Moses

Afternoon lecture – 3PM

Tour:
79A
Sunday,
April 20, 1879
Haverly's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Thursday,
November 13, 1879
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Political and Religious

Tour:
79F
Thursday,
November 13, 1879
Palmer House
Chicago, IL
Lecture Great Banquet Tour:
79F
Thursday,
January 29, 1880
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Paine Tour:
80B
Saturday,
February 7, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Politics. Religion and Thomas Paine

Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
March 2, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Tribune
Monday,
May 31, 1880
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Uncategorized

Arrived for Republican Convention

Tour:
80D
Thursday,
June 3, 1880
Republican Nation Convention
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Committee on Credentials
Friday,
September 17, 1880
Chicago, IL Lecture National Liberal League Convention Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 19, 1880
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 19, 1880
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80E
Monday,
September 20, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
September 21, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Saturday,
September 25, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 26, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children

Immense audience at Ligonier – Just starting for Milwaulkee

Tour:
80E
Monday,
September 27, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
September 29, 1880
Chicago, IL Travel

return to Chicago on Weds, the 29th

Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
September 29, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Reply to Chicago Critics

Tour:
80E
Monday,
February 14, 1881
Chicago, IL Interview Chief Justice Comegys

Interview with Chicago Times. Also, interview in Brooklyn Eagle on same subject

Saturday,
April 2, 1881
Chicago, IL Lecture Tour:
81A
Friday,
May 20, 1881
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Great Infidels Tour:
81B
Friday,
August 18, 1882
Chicago, IL Lecture Tour:
82B
Sunday,
November 12, 1882
McVicker's Theatre
Chicago, IL
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Saturday,
November 25, 1882
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
82C
Sunday,
November 26, 1882
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
82C
Sunday,
November 26, 1882
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Maude Tour:
82C
Friday,
October 12, 1883
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Politics and Prohibition

Tour:
83A
Wednesday,
November 28, 1883
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Justice Harlan and the Civil Rights Bill

Monday,
January 14, 1884
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel

buying ticket for Denver

Tour:
84A
Friday,
January 18, 1884
on train
Chicago, IL
Interview Interview:

quoted in Newark Ohio Daily Advocate

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
January 23, 1884
Chicago, IL Travel

left in the afternoon for Washington

Tour:
84A
Friday,
February 1, 1884
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

correspondant?

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
February 20, 1884
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Wendell Phillips, Fitz John Porter and Bismark

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
February 20, 1884
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to household

leaving tomorrow about noon

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
March 19, 1884
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Orthodoxy

3000 in audience

Tour:
84B
Friday,
June 6, 1884
Convention Hall
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Republican Convention

Ingersoll there

Tour:
88A
Sunday,
November 30, 1884
McViker's Theatre
Chicago, IL
Lecture Which Way?

filled to overflowing

Tour:
84F
Sunday,
May 17, 1885
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Blasphemy

afternoon lecture

Tour:
85E
February, 1886 Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

The President and Senate

Tour:
86A
Wednesday,
February 10, 1886
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Civil Service Reform

Tour:
86A
Wednesday,
November 3, 1886
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Henry George and Socialism

Saturday,
June 16, 1888
Chicago, IL Political Speech Republican Convention Tour:
88A
Friday,
January 30, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children
Monday,
May 11, 1891
Chicago Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91C
Tuesday,
June 2, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Times

Hot Shots for Presbyterians

Tour:
91D
Saturday,
June 27, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel On route to Butte

brief stop in Chicago

Monday,
July 13, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Herald

Blaine Not the Man – on the way back home

Thursday,
July 23, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Pope Bob on Slugging

Monday,
September 7, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Post

& The Fair

Monday,
October 26, 1891
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Woman’s Suffrage, Horse Racing and Money

Monday,
October 26, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Tribune

The Tendency of Modern Thought

Monday,
October 26, 1891
Chicago, IL Trial
Saturday,
November 7, 1891
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty

5000 in audience

Tour:
91E
Friday,
February 12, 1892
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Lincoln

5000 people

Tour:
92A
Friday,
February 19, 1892
Chicago, IL Correspondence letter home Tour:
92A
Thursday,
May 12, 1892
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel At hotel for a few hours

Ingersoll met with W. H. Root about Davis Will case

Saturday,
May 28, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean Tour:
92D
Thursday,
October 6, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago News Tour:
92E
Saturday,
October 8, 1892
Chicago Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Voltaire

first delivery of this lecture – 5000 attended

Tour:
92E
Sunday,
October 30, 1892
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Myth and Miracle

Nov 10?

Tour:
92E
Monday,
January 23, 1893
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Burns

Under the auspices of the Caledonian Society

Tour:
93A
Sunday,
October 29, 1893
Chicago Opera House
Chicago, IL
Lecture Gods

theater filled to the doors

Tour:
93D
Wednesday,
January 31, 1894
Grand Pacific
Chicago, IL
Lecture Army of Potomac Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
January 31, 1894
Grand Pacific
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Maud

times are hard will not have a good house on either night

Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 1, 1894
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Cleveland’s Hawaiian Policy

Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 2, 1894
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Moses

2 lectures at auditorium?

Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 4, 1894
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
February 21, 1894
Auditorium Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children

just in the city for a few hours

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
October 13, 1894
Chicago Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94F
Wednesday,
October 17, 1894
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean Tour:
94F
Sunday,
January 6, 1895
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95A
Sunday,
October 20, 1895
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Sunday,
April 12, 1896
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Reform Mankind

speech before Church Militant

Tour:
96D
Sunday,
April 12, 1896
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
May 13, 1896
Chicago, IL Interview Boston Advertiser

en route to New York after his recently completed lecture tour

Tour:
96E
Thursday,
October 8, 1896
corner of Sacramento Ave and Lake St
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Gold

>20,000 attendees

Tour:
96H
Sunday,
October 11, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
96H
Monday,
October 12, 1896
corner of Halstead and 29th Streets
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Gold

14,000

Tour:
96H
Monday,
October 12, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
96H
Sunday,
November 15, 1896
Chicago, IL Lecture Individuality Tour:
96I
Friday,
November 20, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel

Ingersoll taken to hotel to recover

March, 1897 Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Music, Newspapers, Lynching and Arbitration

Tour:
97B
Monday,
March 8, 1897
Chicago, IL Lecture Truth

1st delivery of this lecture

Tour:
97B
Thursday,
April 1, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago World Tour:
97C
Thursday,
November 25, 1897
Chicago, IL Lecture

$2500 gross

Tour:
97F
November, 1897 Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Is Life Worth Living – Christian Science and Politics – date probablyaround 25th

Tour:
97F
Friday,
November 26, 1897
Victoria Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Wednesday,
December 1, 1897
Victoria Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Sunday,
May 1, 1898
Auditorium Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
98D
Sunday,
May 1, 1898
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
98D
Monday,
May 2, 1898
Auditorium Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children

fine meeting last night. Leave at 4 for LaSalle

Tour:
98D
Sunday,
October 16, 1898
Chicago, IL Lecture Superstition Tour:
98E
Thursday,
January 12, 1899
Auditorium Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
99A
Wednesday,
January 25, 1899
Beardsley
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Sue Tour:
99A
Saturday,
March 18, 1899
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Tribune

Captial Punishmnet and the Whipping Postcorrespondant?

Tour:
99B
Sunday,
March 19, 1899
Chicago, IL Lecture The Devil Tour:
99B