Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
1867 Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Elected 4th VP of Union League of America

Thursday,
February 16, 1871
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Sue

visiting Washington

Thursday,
February 23, 1871
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Sue

will return home first week of March

Wednesday,
June 24, 1874
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint & Sue
Saturday,
December 12, 1874
Washington, DC Lecture

misdating of 1877 Washington lecture?

Sunday,
December 13, 1874
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
January 11, 1875
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Eva and Maud

will leave for New York tonight – start for home Tuesday”

Tuesday,
February 29, 1876
Washington, DC Trial Legal case before Supreme Court

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

Monday,
May 29, 1876
Washington, DC Travel Dinner at the Blaine’s
Saturday,
December 16, 1876
Washington, DC Trial

railroad business

Sunday,
January 14, 1877
Washington, DC Uncategorized
Tuesday,
February 13, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

may be home next Monday

Tour:
77A
Tuesday,
February 20, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

met the ‘folks’ at Altoona on

Tour:
77A
Thursday,
February 22, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
March 3, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

discusses leaving Peoria

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

cabinet post

Thursday,
March 8, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

will deliver a lecture in NY on the 14th on the political situation.

Friday,
March 9, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
March 12, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter

to NY city resident, saying he will support Hayes in lecture

Saturday,
November 10, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77D
Tuesday,
November 20, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

will be at the house next month

Thursday,
November 22, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
November 24, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Sunday,
November 25, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
November 29, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
November, 1877 Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Moved residence to Washington

Monday,
December 3, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Peoria Call

Responding to letter from Dr. Gregg of Ireland

Monday,
December 10, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Sue

will lecture in Troy NY on 17th – then Lafayette on the 20th

Wednesday,
December 12, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household

will lecture at Troy, Dunkirk & Lafayette

Tour:
77E
Wednesday,
December 12, 1877
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 14, 1877
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 14, 1877
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

Ingersoll’s Ideas

Tour:
77E
Wednesday,
January 16, 1878
National Hotel
Washington, DC
Uncategorized

with family

Wednesday,
January 16, 1878
12:00 AM *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous Legal work
Monday,
January 21, 1878
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Ghosts

largest assembly ever in that hall

Wednesday,
January 23, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household

lecture on Ghosts tonight?

Friday,
January 25, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
January 26, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Wednesday,
February 6, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
78B
Monday,
February 11, 1878
Odd Fellows' Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Hell
Tuesday,
February 12, 1878
Odd Fellows' Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Paine
Tuesday,
February 12, 1878
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav
Wednesday,
February 13, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
February 14, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Correspondence from RGI to Utica theater
Saturday,
February 16, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
March 14, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

returned to Washington this morning

Tour:
78C
Saturday,
March 16, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Washington Post

concerning story that Ingersoll didn�t pay his hotel bill in RI

Monday,
March 18, 1878
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: The Circulation of Obscene Literature
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

Saturday,
April 13, 1878
Washington, DC Lecture Ghosts

seems unlikely given no coverage in Post

Tour:
78D
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
Friday,
August 2, 1878
Washington, DC Travel left for Europe

with family

Sunday,
September 22, 1878
Home
Washington, DC
Interview Washington Post

That Cheerful Pagan

Friday,
November 29, 1878
Washington, DC Uncategorized Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
December 4, 1878
Washington, DC Lecture
Friday,
January 31, 1879
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav Tour:
78B
Sunday,
February 23, 1879
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture Moses

standing room only at a premium

Sunday,
March 2, 1879
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79A
Monday,
March 24, 1879
Washington, DC Uncategorized

Had to postpone remainder of midwest tour due to legal work in Washington

Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
April 9, 1879
Washington, DC Uncategorized

Left for lecture tour of the West

Wednesday,
May 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: Chicago Bible Class

Letter to Editor of Chicago Times

Sunday,
May 25, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
June 2, 1879
1403 K Street
Washington, DC
Tribute E C Ingersoll Tribute

E. C. Ingersoll died on May 31

Wednesday,
June 4, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Phil. Hotel

letter to hotel owner cancelling Ebon’s reservation

Sunday,
June 8, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint & Sue

going to Pittsburgh tonight – be back the 10th

Tour:
79C
Tuesday,
June 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Addison Sangdon(?) Esq

concerning immortality

Tuesday,
July 8, 1879
Washington Correspondence Letter to Mr Wakeman(?)

seems to be involved with the Obscenity trial of Bennett

Friday,
July 11, 1879
Washington Correspondence Letter to the President

concerning D. M. Bennett

Sunday,
July 13, 1879
Washington, DC Tribute Clark Tribute
Thursday,
July 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning meeting with the President

Friday,
July 18, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning protests against the Bennett pardon

Tuesday,
July 22, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning final efforts to win his pardon

Wednesday,
July 23, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to lawyers in Kansas City
Saturday,
July 26, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Hon. J.J. Noah

concerning anti-semitism

Monday,
July 28, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to ??
Tuesday,
July 29, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to E. C. Wheeler
Wednesday,
July 30, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to H. B. Titus
Thursday,
July 31, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Simon J. Kilduff Esq.
Thursday,
August 21, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Personal correspondance

concerning “obscene literature”

Sunday,
August 24, 1879
Washington, DC Interview Cincinatti Enquirer

concerning Cincinatti Convention

Wednesday,
September 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to H.L. Green

quoted in Jamestown NY paper – concerning lecture at Chautauqua

Tuesday,
October 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing preface to Mistakes of Moses

preface

Tour:
79E
Thursday,
October 23, 1879
Law Office
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to Editor

concerning liberalism of Cornell

Friday,
October 24, 1879
Home
Washington, DC
Interview Washington Post

Had George Holyoake as guest for past few days. Part of interview with Holyoake.

Sunday,
October 26, 1879
Washington, DC Travel Left for Pittsburgh Tour:
79F
Saturday,
November 29, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Modern Thinkers

preface to book by Prof. Van Buren Denslow

Tuesday,
December 2, 1879
Washington, DC Travel returns home
Saturday,
January 24, 1880
Washington, DC Lecture Woman’s Suffrage Tour:
80A
Thursday,
February 12, 1880
Washington, DC Travel Return home Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 26, 1880
Washington Correspondence Letter to Samual Putnam
Sunday,
March 7, 1880
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Gods
Saturday,
March 27, 1880
Washington, DC Writing Chinese God

Letter to the Editor, Chicago Times?

Sunday,
April 11, 1880
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Friday,
May 14, 1880
House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Watching Session

With wife and daughter

Tour:
80D
October, 1880 Washington, DC Lecture How To Be Saved?

date & location given in preface to transcript

Tour:
80E
Friday,
November 5, 1880
Washington, DC Political Speech Victory speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Saturday,
November 13, 1880
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

Political

Monday,
December 6, 1880
Washington, DC Travel Left for NY tour Tour:
80F
Thursday,
December 23, 1880
Riggs House
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Towpath Club Banquet
Saturday,
January 29, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Mr. Beecher, Moses and The Negro by Washington correspondent

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

Saturday,
February 19, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Hades, Delaware, and Freethought

Saturday,
March 19, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Saturday,
April 23, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Beaconsfield, Lent and Revivals by Washington correspondent

Tour:
81A
Sunday,
May 8, 1881
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture Great Infidels Tour:
81A
Monday,
July 4, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Atlanta Constitution?

Guiteau

Saturday,
July 23, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Washington Gazette

Guiteau and His Crime

Tuesday,
December 13, 1881
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to J.E. Remsburg
Saturday,
December 17, 1881
Washington, DC Interview Washington Capital

District Suffrage

Wednesday,
December 21, 1881
Washington, DC Writing Brain and Bible

preface to book

Sunday,
January 8, 1882
Washington, DC Tribute Child’s Grave

funeral for Harry Miller, son of George O. Miller

Saturday,
January 21, 1882
Washington, DC Interview Chicago Times

first interview on Talmage

Saturday,
February 4, 1882
home
Washington, DC
Interview Chicago Tribune

Reply to Talmage

Monday,
February 6, 1882
Washington, DC Interview Chicago Times

2nd interview on Talmage

April, 1882 Washington, DC Interview Unknown Paper(s)

in the preface

Tour:
82A
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
Tuesday,
October 31, 1882
Fort Wayne Daily Gazette
Washington, DC
Interview Interview:

Star Route Trial

Wednesday,
November 1, 1882
Police Court
Washington, DC
Trial Payne Trial

Part of Star Route trials

Sunday,
January 14, 1883
National Theater
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Introduced Mr. Kidd for his Lincoln lecture
Tuesday,
January 16, 1883
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Col. Thomas Donaldson
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

Sunday,
April 15, 1883
Washington, DC Tribute tribute to Mills
Sunday,
April 29, 1883
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

Funeral of John G. Mills and Immortality

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

possible appearance/lecture?

Thursday,
June 14, 1883
Washington, DC Trial Star Route Trial 2 Closing
Tuesday,
October 16, 1883
Washington, DC Interview Washington National Republican

The Civil Rights Bill

Tour:
83A
Monday,
October 22, 1883
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Civil Rights Tour:
83A
Friday,
November 2, 1883
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Civil Rights Tour:
83A
Monday,
December 10, 1883
Supreme Court
Washington, DC
Trial Star Route Trial 3 Opening

People vs. Kellogg

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

Craven’s lecuture was Shakespeare

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,
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
Tuesday,
June 10, 1884
Train Depot
Washington, DC
Travel Arrived

met at station by daughters

Sunday,
December 14, 1884
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Sunday,
March 1, 1885
Albaugh's Grand Opera House
Washington, DC
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Wednesday,
April 22, 1885
Home
Washington, DC
Travel Expected end of tour Tour:
85D
Sunday,
December 13, 1885
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Myth and Miracle

filled all the seats

Tour:
85H
Saturday,
December 18, 1886 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Lecture
Tuesday,
June 14, 1887
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

On Immigration

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

Wednesday,
January 16, 1889
Congressional Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Brief submitted

Ingersoll retained by Actors Order of Friendship

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

Concerning cable between US and Brazil

Sunday,
February 7, 1892
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Shakespeare
Sunday,
April 24, 1892
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Myth and Miracle

every seat filled

Tour:
92C
Sunday,
January 15, 1893
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
93A
Sunday,
January 7, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Sunday,
April 1, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
December 16, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 15, 1895
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Sunday,
March 29, 1896
Metzerott's
Washington, DC
Lecture Secular League ’96
Sunday,
March 29, 1896
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty

big audience

Sunday,
February 28, 1897
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97A
Sunday,
December 12, 1897
Washington, DC Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
Sunday,
December 11, 1898
Washington, DC Lecture Superstition