Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Saturday,
August 18, 1866 *
Date is approximate
IN Travel

Gov. Oglesby & Col. Ingersoll start 10 days of speaking in various parts of the state.

Thursday,
August 30, 1866
Colerick's Hall
Fort Wayne, IN
Political Speech

Speaking with Gov. Oglesby

Tuesday,
September 22, 1868
Indianapolis, IN Lecture 1868 Indianapolis
Sunday,
September 17, 1876
Indianapolis, IN Political Speech
Wednesday,
September 20, 1876
Indianapolis, IN Political Speech 1876 Indianapolis

Contains the famous “Vision of War”

Monday,
October 2, 1876
Charlestown, IN Political Speech Tour:
76B
Tuesday,
October 3, 1876
Greenfield, IN Political Speech

8 thousand

Tour:
76B
Wednesday,
October 4, 1876
Fair Ground
Winchester, IN
Political Speech

12 to 15 thousand

Tour:
76B
Thursday,
October 5, 1876
Elkhart, IN Political Speech

20,000 attendees

Tour:
76B
Saturday,
October 7, 1876
Wigwam
Terre Haute, IN
Political Speech Tour:
76B
Saturday,
October 7, 1876
Crawfordsville, IN Political Speech Tour:
76B
Monday,
November 5, 1877
Courthouse
Indianapolis, IN
Miscellaneous Attended funeral of Oliver P. Morton (former IN gov.)
Wednesday,
December 19, 1877
Richmond, IN Lecture Cancelled

Ingersoll would not give assurances that “nothing offensive to Christianitywould be in the lecture”

Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 21, 1877
Lafayette, IN Lecture Tour:
77E
Tuesday,
April 30, 1878
Terre Haute, IN Lecture Liberty

first lecture in Terre Haute

Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
May 1, 1878
Indianapolis, IN Lecture Liberty

title given as Intellectual Development -large audience

Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
November 13, 1878
Academy of Music
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Burns

first lecture in Fort Wayne – subject changed from MOM

Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 14, 1878
Lafayette, IN Lecture Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 15, 1878
Terre Haute, IN Lecture Burns

one of the largest audiences ever at a lecture in Terre Haute

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 16, 1878
Green's Opera Hall
Vincennes, IN
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 18, 1878
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Moses

Recollections of Ingersoll, 305

Tour:
78F
Thursday,
March 13, 1879
Academy of Music
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Hell Tour:
79A
Friday,
March 14, 1879
South Bend, IN Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
Monday,
April 21, 1879
Elkhart, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Saturday,
November 15, 1879
Hotel Clinton
Kokomo, IN
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
79F
Saturday,
November 15, 1879
Sharp & Dayhuff's Hall
Kokomo, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Sunday,
November 16, 1879
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
November, 1879 Indianapolis, IN Interview Unknown Paper

Politics and Gen. Grant

Tour:
79F
Monday,
November 17, 1879
Wysor's Opera House
Muncie, IN
Lecture Moses Tour:
79F
Wednesday,
January 7, 1880
Grand Opera House
Richmond, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Thursday,
January 8, 1880
Evans Hall
Evansville, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Friday,
January 9, 1880
Evansville, IN Lecture Moses Tour:
80A
Sunday,
January 11, 1880
Opera House
Terre Haute, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Friday,
January 30, 1880
Plymouth, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Monday,
February 9, 1880
Opera House
South Bend, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
February 10, 1880
Logansport, IN Lecture Tour:
80B
Friday,
May 7, 1880
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Saturday,
May 8, 1880
Terre Haute, IN Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Monday,
May 10, 1880
Dolan's Opera House
Logansport, IN
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Tuesday,
May 11, 1880
Richmond, IN Lecture Tour:
80D
Wednesday,
September 22, 1880
Lafayette, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

10-15 thousand

Tour:
80E
Thursday,
September 23, 1880
Lafayette, IN Correspondence Letter to children

Leaving in a few moments for South Bend

Tour:
80E
Friday,
September 24, 1880
South Bend, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

15 thousand

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
September 25, 1880
Ligonier, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

10 thousand

Tour:
80E
Monday,
May 23, 1881
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Great Infidels Tour:
81B
Monday,
January 23, 1882
Indianapolis, IN Writing Answers to Clergymen

Letter in Iconoclast

Thursday,
August 17, 1882
Indianapolis, IN Lecture Tour:
82B
Saturday,
November 11, 1882
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Tuesday,
November 28, 1882
Opera House
Evansville, IN
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Monday,
November 24, 1884
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
November 26, 1884
Evansville, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Friday,
November 28, 1884
Union Depot Hotel
Vincennes, IN
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
84F
Friday,
November 28, 1884
Vincennes, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Friday,
December 5, 1884
Lafayette, IN Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Saturday,
December 6, 1884
Greencastle, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Saturday,
December 6, 1884
Greencastle, IN Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
84F
Sunday,
February 7, 1886
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis Times

Let the Democrats In

Tour:
86A
Wednesday,
March 3, 1886
Denison Hotel
Indianapolis, IN
Correspondence Letter to Maude
Friday,
June 20, 1890
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis Journal

The West and South

Wednesday,
July 22, 1891
Federal Court
Indianapolis, IN
Trial Clover Leaf Railraod
Wednesday,
July 22, 1891
Denison House
Indianapolis, IN
Interview Indianapolis Sentinel

Ingersoll Talks a Little

Wednesday,
February 17, 1892
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis News

Word Painting and College Education

Tour:
92A
Thursday,
February 18, 1892
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis News

recalled speech made as child

Tour:
92A
Thursday,
February 18, 1892
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92A
Sunday,
May 29, 1892
English's Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
92D
Wednesday,
May 3, 1893
Masonic Temple
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
93C
Thursday,
May 4, 1893
English's Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93C
Friday,
May 5, 1893
St. George Hotel
Evansville, IN
Correspondence Letter to children

only 2 lectures after tonight then head for home

Tour:
93C
Friday,
May 5, 1893
Grand Opera House
Evansville, IN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93C
Saturday,
May 6, 1893
Nayor's Opera House
Terre Haute, IN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93C
Thursday,
October 12, 1893
Richmond, IN Lecture Tour:
93D
Friday,
October 13, 1893
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Gods Tour:
93D
Saturday,
March 24, 1894
Terre Haute, IN Lecture How To Be Saved?

Truthseeker had lecture in Jacksonville IL on this date

Tour:
94C
Saturday,
January 5, 1895
Valparaiso, IN Lecture Tour:
95A
Thursday,
March 21, 1895
Goshen, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Monday,
March 25, 1895
Wysor Grand
Muncie, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
March 26, 1895
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 30, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Fort Wayne, IN Lecture Tour:
95B
Sunday,
October 20, 1895
Lafayette, IN Lecture

possible Lafayette lecture around this date

Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
October 30, 1895
Grand Opera House
Lafayette, IN
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 31, 1895
Crawfordsville, IN Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
December 10, 1895
English's Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Tuesday,
January 7, 1896
Masonic Temple
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 13, 1896
Dolan's Opera House
Logansport, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 13, 1896
Logansport, IN Interview Logansport Times

Poets

Tour:
96A
Tuesday,
January 14, 1896
Marion, IN Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
April 8, 1896
Spencer Opera House
Kendallville, IN
Lecture Liberty

very large audience

Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 10, 1896
Michigan City, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 13, 1896
The Vreeland
Michigan City, IN
Correspondence Letter to children

“we will see you on Saturday”

Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 14, 1896
Bucklen Opera House
Elkhart, IN
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 27, 1896
Opera House
Terre Haute, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96E
Tuesday,
November 24, 1896
Union City, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Wednesday,
November 25, 1896
Elwood, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Thursday,
November 26, 1896
Anderson, IN Lecture Cancelled Foundations of Faith

Cancelled due to health

Monday,
November 30, 1896
Brazil, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Friday,
March 12, 1897
Indianapolis, IN Interview Indianapolis Sentinel Tour:
97B
Sunday,
March 14, 1897
The Denison
Indianapolis, IN
Correspondence Letter to children

stayed at Gilbert(?) 2 nights, then to Elkwood(?) new town – starting home from Columbus

Tour:
97B
Friday,
April 16, 1897
Evansville, IN Lecture Tour:
97C
Friday,
April 29, 1898
Princess Rink
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Liberty

Made remarks on the Cuban situation

Tour:
98D
Friday,
May 6, 1898
Terre Haute, IN Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98D
Sunday,
January 29, 1899
Indianapolis, IN Lecture Superstition Tour:
99A
Monday,
March 6, 1899
Madison, IN Lecture Superstition Tour:
99B
Tuesday,
March 7, 1899
Brazil, IN Lecture The Devil Tour:
99B