Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
1842 Madison, OH Miscellaneous family moved

source has father preaching 3 years (till 1845) at 1st Congregational Church

Wednesday,
September 29, 1852
Mount Vernon, IL Correspondence letter to John Ingersoll
Friday,
January 14, 1853
Mount Vernon, IL Correspondence letter to John Ingersoll

reading Burns & Shakespeare

Wednesday,
December 20, 1854
Court House
Mount Vernon, IL
Miscellaneous Admitted to bar
Monday,
September 27, 1869 *
Date is approximate
Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Humbolt
Thursday,
June 15, 1876
Cincinnati, OH Political Speech Blaine Nomination
Saturday,
September 16, 1876
Columbus, OH Political Speech
Monday,
September 18, 1876
Cincinnati, OH Political Speech
Tuesday,
September 19, 1876
Cleveland, OH Political Speech

25,000 in attendance

Wednesday,
September 20, 1876
Dayton, OH Political Speech

5,000 in attendance

Tuesday,
September 26, 1876
Circleville, OH Political Speech

crowds serenaded Ingersoll at hotel – responded with speech to large crowd

Tour:
76B
Wednesday,
September 27, 1876
Lancaster, OH Political Speech

morning speech while waiting for train

Tour:
76B
Wednesday,
September 27, 1876
College Campus
Athens, OH
Political Speech Tour:
76B
Wednesday,
September 27, 1876
Wilmington, OH Political Speech

lasted for 3 nearly hours

Tour:
76B
Thursday,
September 28, 1876
Jackson, OH Political Speech

7000 people

Tour:
76B
Friday,
September 29, 1876
Ironton, OH Political Speech

15 thousand

Tour:
76B
Saturday,
September 30, 1876
Portsmouth, OH Political Speech Tour:
76B
Friday,
February 16, 1877
Cincinnati, OH Uncategorized

check in this time frame for Cincinnati lecture

Tour:
77A
Saturday,
March 17, 1877
Pike's Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77B
Sunday,
March 18, 1877
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77B
Tuesday,
November 6, 1877
Kennard House
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77D
Tuesday,
November 6, 1877
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Paine Tour:
77D
Saturday,
December 29, 1877 *
Date is approximate
Cleveland, OH Lecture

mentions a trip to Cleveland – Nov 6?

Wednesday,
January 9, 1878
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
78A
Thursday,
May 2, 1878
Springfield, OH Lecture Tour:
78D
Friday,
May 3, 1878
Masonic Opera House
Chillicothe, OH
Lecture Liberty

lecture title was Democracy of the Fireside

Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
November 5, 1878
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 17, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Moses

full house

Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Gazette Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Hell Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Burnet House
Cincinnati, OH
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 22, 1878
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Comercial

Criticism of his lectures

Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 22, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Burns

Lecture may have been Liberty..

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 23, 1878
Columbus, OH Lecture Hell Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 23, 1878
Columbus, OH Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 24, 1878
Hamilton, OH Lecture Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 24, 1878
Phillips House
Hamilton, OH
Correspondence Letter to Maud

received letter last night at Dayton

Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 25, 1878
Black's Opera House
Springfield, OH
Lecture Hard Times

Tramps. Large & Select Audience

Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 27, 1878
Opera House
Youngstown, OH
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Monday,
March 10, 1879
Youngstown, OH Lecture Tour:
79A
Tuesday,
March 11, 1879
Cleveland, OH Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
Tuesday,
March 11, 1879
Kennard House
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
March 12, 1879
Toledo, OH Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
Monday,
March 17, 1879
Pikes Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
April 23, 1879
Wheeler's Opera House
Toledo, OH
Lecture Tour:
79B
Thursday,
September 11, 1879
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Human Rights Tour:
79D
Sunday,
September 14, 1879
Pikes Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture National Liberal League Tour:
79D
Sunday,
November 9, 1879
Opera House
Canton, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Monday,
November 10, 1879
Canton, OH Correspondence Letter to Eva & Maud

very good house last night, met Mark Twain in the cars

Tour:
79F
Tuesday,
November 18, 1879
Opera House
Alliance, OH
Lecture Moses Tour:
79F
Friday,
December 19, 1879
Neil House
Columbus, OH
Correspondence Letter to children

going home for Christmas

Tour:
79G
Friday,
December 19, 1879
Columbus, OH Lecture Hell Tour:
79G
Saturday,
December 20, 1879
City Hall
Lima, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79G
Sunday,
December 21, 1879
Wheeler Opera House
Toledo, OH
Lecture The Religion of Our Day Tour:
79G
Tuesday,
January 6, 1880
Music Hall
Zanesville, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Monday,
January 12, 1880
Xenia, OH Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Monday,
January 12, 1880
Xenia, OH Correspondence Letter to Maude Tour:
80A
Tuesday,
January 13, 1880
Springfield, OH Correspondence Letter to Clint

Something about Leadville?? Receipt of $334.75 from Terre Haute

Tour:
80A
Wednesday,
January 14, 1880
Cleveland, OH Lecture Gods Tour:
80A
Saturday,
January 31, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Cleveland, OH Lecture

possible lecture in Cleveland after Chicago

Tour:
80B
Monday,
February 2, 1880
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
80B
Sunday,
May 9, 1880
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Saturday,
October 2, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Tour:
80E
Thursday,
October 7, 1880
Fair Grounds
Springfield, OH
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

50 thousand in audience

Tour:
80E
Friday,
October 8, 1880
Lincoln Club
Cincinnati, OH
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

6-7000 people

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
December 5, 1880
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Commercial

The Political Outlook

Tour:
80F
Sunday,
May 15, 1881
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Great Infidels

$1413 receipts

Tour:
81B
Sunday,
November 5, 1882
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Monday,
November 6, 1882
Sandusky, OH Lecture Tour:
82C
Tuesday,
November 7, 1882
Music Hall
Toledo, OH
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82C
Saturday,
April 28, 1883 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Lecture
Sunday,
October 14, 1883
Dayton, OH Interview Dayton Democrat

The Republican Defeat in Ohio

Tour:
83A
June, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Youngstown, OH Lecture

Lecture around this time – before Jul 7- filled hall

Tour:
84C
Sunday,
June 22, 1884
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Monday,
June 23, 1884
City Hall
Columbus, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Friday,
June 27, 1884
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Herald Tour:
84C
Friday,
June 27, 1884
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Sunday,
December 7, 1884
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Which Way?

afternoon lecture

Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
December 9, 1884
Marion, OH Miscellaneous

in town for a short while – on way to Upper Sandusky for lecture

Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
December 9, 1884
Upper Sandusky, OH Lecture Which Way? Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
December 10, 1884
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

Plagiarism and Politics

Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
December 10, 1884
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
84F
Thursday,
December 11, 1884
Youngstown, OH Lecture Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
February 18, 1885
Toledo, OH Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Sunday,
May 3, 1885
Opera House
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Wednesday,
September 2, 1885
Cleveland, OH Trial Law case
Friday,
September 4, 1885
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

Interviewing, Politics and Spiritualism

Saturday,
September 5, 1885
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to children
Tuesday,
September 8, 1885
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to Clint

had been in Cleavland for 10 days on law case

Sunday,
October 11, 1885
Cleveland, OH Lecture National Liberal League Tour:
85G
Wednesday,
September 29, 1886
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Times Star

Railroads and Politics

Wednesday,
September 29, 1886
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer

The Labor Question

Friday,
June 10, 1887
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Post
Friday,
June 10, 1887
Cincinnati, OH Trial legal business
Friday,
June 10, 1887
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer
June, 1890 *
Date is approximate
Cleveland, OH Travel

article mentions Ingersoll on train between Buffalo & Cleveland

Friday,
October 31, 1890
Opera House
Toledo, OH
Political Speech

First political speech since 1880(except brief address in 1888)

Wednesday,
June 3, 1891
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Blade

Growing Old Gracefully, and Presbyterianism

Tour:
91D
Wednesday,
June 3, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial Court Case

Receivership of Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw RR

Tour:
91D
Tuesday,
November 10, 1891
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91E
Wednesday,
November 11, 1891
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Press

Missionaries

Tour:
91E
Tuesday,
December 22, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial legal case
Tuesday,
December 22, 1891
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Commercial
Friday,
January 8, 1892
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Blade

My Belief and Unbelief – note: in Toldeo on legal businesss(railroadcase)

Thursday,
February 11, 1892
Hollenden Hotel
Cleveland, OH
Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

only in the city a few hours in afternoon

Tour:
92A
Sunday,
February 14, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer Tour:
92A
Sunday,
February 14, 1892
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92A
Monday,
February 15, 1892
Academy of Music
Akron, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
92A
Tuesday,
February 16, 1892
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Liberty

hall filled to the doors

Tour:
92A
Sunday,
March 20, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Shakespeare

was about 6 weeks before May1st Cin. lecture

Friday,
April 15, 1892 *
Date is approximate
Youngstown, OH Lecture

lecture for the Elks

Tour:
92C
Sunday,
May 1, 1892
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Commercial Gazette

Personal Magnetism and The Question

Tour:
92C
Sunday,
May 1, 1892
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
92C
Monday,
May 2, 1892
Columbus, OH Interview Columbus Journal Tour:
92C
Monday,
May 2, 1892
Auditorium
Columbus, OH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
92C
Tuesday,
May 3, 1892
Grand Opera House
Springfield, OH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
92C
Friday,
January 27, 1893
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Lincoln

lecture contained brief tribute to Blaine

Tour:
93A
Sunday,
January 29, 1893
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
93A
Friday,
February 24, 1893
Fifth Ave Theater
NY, Mount Vernon
Lecture Lincoln

theater manager absconded with reciepts

Tour:
93B
Sunday,
April 30, 1893
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
93C
Monday,
May 1, 1893
Columbus, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
93C
Tuesday,
May 2, 1893
Grand Opera House
Dayton, OH
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93C
Thursday,
May 18, 1893
Cleveland, OH Travel

stopped at Cleveland Hotel to rest – heading East

Tour:
93C
Saturday,
May 20, 1893
Cleveland, OH Trial Cloverleaf Railroad Case
Wednesday,
October 11, 1893
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Gods

crowded to utmost capacity

Tour:
93D
Friday,
November 3, 1893
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Gods

theater completely filled

Tour:
93D
Sunday,
February 25, 1894
Memorial Hall
Toledo, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94B
Friday,
November 16, 1894
Columbus, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
November 17, 1894
Dayton, OH Lecture Tour:
94G
Sunday,
November 18, 1894
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
November 19, 1894
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
November 20, 1894
Elyria, OH Correspondence Letter to Maud

“Having good luck and the people who hear me are delighted”

Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
November 20, 1894
Elyria, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 21, 1894
Memorial Hall
Toledo, OH
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
94G
Thursday,
November 22, 1894
Warren, OH Lecture Tour:
94G
Thursday,
January 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Canton, OH
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95A
Friday,
January 4, 1895
Faurot's Opera House
Lima, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95A
Wednesday,
January 30, 1895
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
95A
Sunday,
March 17, 1895
High Street Theater
Columbus, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
95B
Wednesday,
March 27, 1895
Springfield, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95B
Thursday,
March 28, 1895
Opera house
Sandusky, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 29, 1895
Opera house
Youngstown, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95B
Sunday,
April 21, 1895
People's Theater
Toledo, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Friday,
November 1, 1895
Columbus, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Saturday,
November 2, 1895
Hamilton, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Sunday,
November 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Monday,
November 4, 1895
Mount Vernon, OH Lecture Tour:
95E
Monday,
November 4, 1895
Auditorium
Marietta, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95E
Tuesday,
November 19, 1895
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Audience figures vary wildly – 1000 to 3000 in audience

Tour:
95F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1895
Opera House
Fostoria, OH
Lecture Tour:
95F
Wednesday,
December 11, 1895
Auditorium
Newark, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95F
Sunday,
January 12, 1896
Toledo, OH Writing letter to NY Journal>

explaining remarks on People’s church

Tour:
96A
Sunday,
January 12, 1896
People's Theater
Toledo, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 15, 1896
Lima, OH Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Thursday,
January 16, 1896
Tiffin, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96A
Friday,
January 17, 1896
Findlay, OH Lecture Holy Bible

3000 attendees

Tour:
96A
Saturday,
January 18, 1896
Alliance, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Sunday,
January 19, 1896
Akron, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Monday,
April 6, 1896
Opera house
Ashtabula, OH
Lecture Liberty

first lecture in Ashtabula

Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 7, 1896
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
April 8, 1896
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to children

talks about visting Ashtabula where he lived 55 years ago

Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
April 15, 1896
Opera house
Upper Sandusky, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Thursday,
April 16, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Massillon Independent Tour:
96D
Thursday,
April 16, 1896
Bucher's Opera House
Massillon, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Immense Audience

Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Pittsburgh Press

Ingersoll Takes It Easy

Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Alliance, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96D
Saturday,
April 25, 1896
Board of Trade Auditorium
Columbus, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

600 in audience

Tour:
96E
Sunday,
April 26, 1896
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96E
Sunday,
November 22, 1896
Toledo, OH Lecture Cancelled Agnostic

Cancelled due to health

Monday,
November 23, 1896
Delaware, OH Lecture Cancelled Shakespeare

Cancelled due to health

Monday,
March 15, 1897
Columbus, OH Lecture Reform Mankind Tour:
97B
Sunday,
April 4, 1897
Cleveland, OH Lecture Tour:
97C
Monday,
April 5, 1897
The Hollenden
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
97C
Wednesday,
April 7, 1897
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
97C
Tuesday,
April 20, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Blade Tour:
97C
Thursday,
November 11, 1897 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer Tour:
97F
Sunday,
November 14, 1897
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Agnostic Tour:
97F
Sunday,
December 5, 1897
Cleveland, OH Lecture Tour:
97F
Monday,
December 6, 1897
The Hollenden
Cleveland, OH
Correspondence Letter to children

Expect to see you next Wednesday

Tour:
97F
Monday,
December 6, 1897
Opera House
Elyria, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
97F
Tuesday,
December 7, 1897
Bryan, OH Lecture Liberty

Boston Investigator says lecture is to be Shakespeare

Tour:
97F
1898 Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

A Reply to the Rev. L. A. Banks Oct 8?

Thursday,
March 31, 1898
Youngstown, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
98C
Friday,
April 1, 1898
Akron, OH Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98C
Thursday,
April 28, 1898
Marion, OH Lecture Lincoln

Marcion?

Tour:
98D
Sunday,
May 8, 1898
Columbus, OH Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98D
Monday,
May 9, 1898
The Chittenden Hotel
Columbus, OH
Correspondence Letter to children

fair audience here in spite of the war. Will be home Wednesday.

Tour:
98D
Saturday,
October 8, 1898
Cleveland, OH Lecture

600 turned away

Tour:
98E
Sunday,
January 8, 1899
Cleveland, OH Interview Trenton NJ Evening Times

correspondant or via press service

Sunday,
January 8, 1899
Cleveland, OH Lecture
Thursday,
January 19, 1899
Toledo, OH Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
99A
Thursday,
January 19, 1899
Toledo, OH Lecture Superstition

Boston Investigator says Council Bluffs IA on this date

Tour:
99A
Saturday,
March 4, 1899
Lebanon, OH Lecture Superstition Tour:
99B
Sunday,
March 5, 1899
Lebanon, OH Tribute Corwin Tribute

delivered as preface to lecture

Tour:
99B
Sunday,
March 5, 1899
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Superstition Tour:
99B