Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Friday,
October 27, 1871
Pontiac, MI Trial
Monday,
April 30, 1877
Detroit, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Monday,
January 7, 1878
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Tuesday,
January 8, 1878
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Tour:
78A
Wednesday,
November 6, 1878
Whitney's Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 7, 1878
Power's Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Moses

Changed lecture from Hard Times by audience vote.

Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 8, 1878
Opera House
Lansing, MI
Lecture Moses

originally Hard Times, but changed day before

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 9, 1878
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 10, 1878
Detroit, MI Lecture Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 12, 1878
Union Hall
Kalamazoo, MI
Lecture Burns

full house

Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 12, 1878
Burdick House
Kalamazoo, MI
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78F
Saturday,
March 15, 1879
Kalamazoo, MI Lecture Tour:
79A
Sunday,
March 16, 1879
Whitney's Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Moses

Lecture title listed as Some Words of a Man about the Word of God.

Tour:
79A
Monday,
March 17, 1879
Bancroft House
East Saginaw, MI
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
79A
Tuesday,
March 18, 1879
Academy of Music
East Saginaw, MI
Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
March 19, 1879
Power's Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Moses

Lecture title listed as Some Words of a Man about the Word of God.

Tour:
79A
Thursday,
March 20, 1879
Lansing, MI Lecture Tour:
79A
Friday,
March 21, 1879
Opera House
Adrian, MI
Lecture Tour:
79A
Saturday,
March 22, 1879
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Tour:
79A
Tuesday,
February 3, 1880
Lawrence House
Adrian, MI
Correspondence Letter to children

“spoke last night for 2 hours forty minutes, and people said Go on”.

Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
February 3, 1880
Detroit, MI Lecture Gods Tour:
80B
Wednesday,
February 4, 1880
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Gods Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 5, 1880
Kalamazoo, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 5, 1880
Burdick House
Kalamazoo, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80B
Sunday,
September 12, 1880
Schoolcraft, MI Lecture How To Be Saved?

4000 people. Liberal meetingof Michigan & N. Indiana

Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
August 16, 1882
Grand Rapids, MI Lecture Tour:
82B
Wednesday,
November 8, 1882
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Friday,
November 10, 1882
Saginaw, MI Lecture Tour:
82C
Friday,
November 10, 1882
Saginaw, MI Correspondence Letter to Maude Tour:
82C
Saturday,
January 5, 1884
Detroit, MI Interview Detroit News

Morality and Immorality

Wednesday,
February 11, 1885
Kalamazoo, MI Lecture Cancelled ?

cancelled due to blizzard

Tour:
85B
Thursday,
February 12, 1885
Battle Creek, MI Lecture Tour:
85B
Tuesday,
February 17, 1885
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Monday,
May 4, 1885
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Tuesday,
May 5, 1885
Grand Opera House
Ann Arbor, MI
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Saturday,
February 20, 1892
Tibbits Opera House
Coldwater, MI
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
92A
Sunday,
February 21, 1892
Lyceum
Detroit, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92A
Monday,
October 31, 1892
University Hall
Ann Arbor, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92E
Sunday,
January 22, 1893
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Myth and Miracle

Truth Seeker has lecture as “Voltaire”

Tour:
93A
Wednesday,
January 25, 1893
Dowagiac, MI Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93A
Wednesday,
January 25, 1893
Dowagiac, MI Tribute Beckwith Tribute Tour:
93A
Thursday,
January 26, 1893
Dowagiac, MI Correspondence Letter to wife Tour:
93A
Tuesday,
October 31, 1893
Lyceum Theater
Detroit, MI
Lecture Progress Tour:
93D
1894 Grand Rapids, MI Interview Grand Rapids Democrat

Woman and Her Domain – Feb 22?

Thursday,
February 22, 1894
Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Jackson, MI Lecture Shakespeare

schedule change? – seems to have been dropped

Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Bancroft House
Saginaw, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Academy of Music
Saginaw, MI
Lecture How To Be Saved?

Truthseeker has date as 20th, lecture as Shakespeare

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 24, 1894
Fraser House
Bay City, MI
Correspondence Letter to children

will be home next Moday evening -left Chicago and 9:35 last night and got here at 10AM

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 24, 1894
Battle Creek, MI Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Monday,
October 15, 1894
Lockerby Hall
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94F
Monday,
March 18, 1895
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Tuesday,
March 19, 1895
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 20, 1895
Yore's Opera House
Benton Harbor, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95B
Sunday,
April 14, 1895
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Monday,
April 15, 1895 *
Date is approximate
Music Hall
Flint, MI
Lecture Liberty

date approx.

Tour:
95C
April, 1895 City Opera House
Port Huron, MI
Lecture Holy Bible

probable lecture in Port Huron

Tour:
95C
Wednesday,
April 17, 1895
Baird's
Lansing, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95C
Friday,
April 19, 1895
Academy of Music
Saginaw, MI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Saturday,
April 20, 1895
Opera house
Bay City, MI
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95C
Sunday,
January 5, 1896
Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Lincoln

fairly well-filled house

Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 6, 1896
Hibbard Opera House
Jackson, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith

very few seats vacant

Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 8, 1896
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 8, 1896
Morton Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
Interview Grand Rapids Herald

On Grover

Tour:
96A
Friday,
January 10, 1896
Academy of Music
Kalamazoo, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith

People’s church visit

Tour:
96A
Saturday,
January 11, 1896
Croswell Opera House
Adrian, MI
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96A
Thursday,
April 9, 1896
Coldwater, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 13, 1896
Dowagiac, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 14, 1896
Dowagiac, MI Correspondence Letter to children

“goodbye until next Saturday”

Tour:
96D
Saturday,
November 21, 1896
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Friday,
October 15, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Grand Rapids, MI Interview Grand Rapids Herald Tour:
97E
Sunday,
November 21, 1897
Empire Theater
Detroit, MI
Lecture Agnostic

Truth Seeker & Boston Investigator have lecture as “Truth”

Tour:
97F
Monday,
November 22, 1897
Hotel Cadillac
Detroit, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97F
Monday,
November 22, 1897
Jackson, MI Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97F
Tuesday,
November 23, 1897
Lansing, MI Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
97F
Monday,
March 20, 1899
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture The Devil Tour:
99B
Tuesday,
March 21, 1899
Hillsdale, MI Lecture Lincoln Tour:
99B