Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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84 Events
Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Monday,
April 12, 1852
Conneautville, PA Correspondence letter to John Ingersoll
Wednesday,
September 13, 1876
Forrest Mansion
Philadelphia, PA
Political Speech

10,000 in attendence

Friday,
September 15, 1876
8:00 PM
Old City Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Political Speech
Thursday,
February 8, 1877
Library Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Liberty

immense audience

Tour:
77A
Friday,
February 16, 1877
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77A
Sunday,
February 18, 1877
Altoona, PA Lecture

possible lecture – or may have been family meeting?

Tour:
77A
Wednesday,
November 7, 1877
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Ghosts

not first lecture in Erie

Tour:
77D
Tuesday,
January 15, 1878
Fulton Opera House
Lancaster, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Wednesday,
February 27, 1878
Music Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Thursday,
February 28, 1878
Grand Opera House
Harrisburg, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Sunday,
April 28, 1878
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Liberty

lecture title was Religion of Past Present & Future – Date 26?

Tour:
78D
Saturday,
May 4, 1878
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Tour:
78D
Sunday,
October 6, 1878
Philadelphia, PA Lecture Tour:
78E
Monday,
November 4, 1878
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 30, 1878
Reading, PA Lecture Tour:
78F
Monday,
December 2, 1878
Philadelphia, PA Lecture
Saturday,
March 8, 1879
Grand Opera House
Harrisburg, PA
Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
Saturday,
March 8, 1879
Harrisburg, PA Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
79A
Sunday,
March 9, 1879
Library Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Moses

large audience

Tour:
79A
Monday,
June 9, 1879
Pittsburgh, PA Uncategorized

in town for patent dispute

Tour:
79C
Tuesday,
October 14, 1879
Opera House
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Religious Intolerance

seems unlikely given no coverage in Daily Post

Sunday,
October 26, 1879
Pittsburgh, PA Interview Pittsburgh Leader

The Laws of Pittsburg

Tour:
79F
Sunday,
October 26, 1879
Opera House
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Human Rights Tour:
79F
Monday,
October 27, 1879
Opera House
Meadville, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Tuesday,
October 28, 1879
Bradford, PA Interview Bradford Evening Star Tour:
79F
Tuesday,
October 28, 1879
Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Wednesday,
October 29, 1879
Academy of Music
Williamsport, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Thursday,
October 30, 1879
Mishler Academy of Music
Reading, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Friday,
October 31, 1879
Academy of Music
Pottsville, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Monday,
December 15, 1879
Opera House
Altoona, PA
Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Lecture was delivered in Milwaukee before Dec 10, Train left track-got to Altoona at 10PM

Tour:
79G
Tuesday,
December 16, 1879
Johnstown, PA Lecture Tour:
79G
Tuesday,
December 16, 1879
Merchant's Hotel
Johnstown, PA
Correspondence Letter to Girls Tour:
79G
April, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Titusville, PA Lecture

likely Titusville lecture

Tuesday,
May 25, 1880
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Friday,
December 10, 1880
Pittsburgh, PA Interview Pittsburgh Dispatch

Miracles and Immortality

Tour:
80F
Friday,
December 10, 1880
5th Ave Lyceum
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80F
Saturday,
December 11, 1880
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80F
Wednesday,
April 26, 1882
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82A
Monday,
May 19, 1884
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 20, 1884
Bradford, PA Interview Bradford Era Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 20, 1884
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy

Not first lecture in Bradford – Filled Opera House

Tour:
84B
Friday,
May 23, 1884
Philadelphia, PA Interview Philadelphia Press

Blasphemy

Friday,
May 23, 1884
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy

footnote indicates lecture that night

June, 1884 *
Date is approximate
New Castle, PA Lecture

Lecture around this time – before Jul 7- filled hall

Tour:
84C
Monday,
June 30, 1884
Library Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
Bradford, PA Correspondence Letter to Clint Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
St. James Hotel
Bradford, PA
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 31, 1885
City Opera House
Altoona, PA
Lecture Cancelled Which Way?

part of Liberal League meeting – miscommunication with league?

Tour:
85A
Thursday,
September 24, 1885
Philadelphia, PA Interview Philadelphia Times

My Belief – probably by correspondant

Tour:
85G
Saturday,
May 31, 1890
Reisser's
Philadelphia, PA
Miscellaneous diner party for Walt Whitman’s birthday
Tuesday,
October 21, 1890
Horticultural Hall
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Liberty in Literature
Wednesday,
October 21, 1891
Horticultural Hall
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Testimonial to Walt Whitman
Thursday,
January 21, 1892
Clover Club
Philadelphia, PA
Miscellaneous dinner
Monday,
February 22, 1892
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92A
Friday,
April 8, 1892
Academy
Scranton, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92C
Tuesday,
April 12, 1892
Music Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92C
Wednesday,
May 4, 1892
Auditorium
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
92C
Wednesday,
March 29, 1893
Walnut Street Theater
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93B
Monday,
January 8, 1894
New Park Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Monday,
April 16, 1894
Walnut Street Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Tuesday,
November 13, 1894
Altoona, PA Lecture
Wednesday,
November 14, 1894
Logan House
Altoona, PA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Sending Old and New to Truth Seeker for publication in the Annual

Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 14, 1894
Merchants Hotel
Johnstown, PA
Interview Funny Pagan Bob

Johnstown Democrat

Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 14, 1894
Opera House
Johnstown, PA
Lecture Liberty

less than 500 in audience

Tour:
94G
Thursday,
November 15, 1894
Old City Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
December 19, 1894
Park Theater
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
April 22, 1895
New Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95C
Sunday,
September 22, 1895
Grand Opera House
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
95D
Wednesday,
November 6, 1895
Old City Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
95E
Thursday,
November 7, 1895
Opera house
Altoona, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
95E
November, 1895 Scranton, PA Lecture Lincoln

probable Scranton lecture

Tour:
95E
Monday,
May 11, 1896
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96E
Saturday,
May 23, 1896
Walnut Street Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

crowded

Monday,
July 13, 1896
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Liberty

benefit for Children’s Home of Randolph NY

Tour:
96F
Saturday,
May 29, 1897
Grand Opera House
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Truth Tour:
97D
Thursday,
January 6, 1898
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Agnostic

nearly filled Opera House

Tour:
98A
Thursday,
March 24, 1898
Wilkes-Barre, PA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98C
Friday,
March 25, 1898
Lycoming Opera House
Williamsport, PA
Lecture Shakespeare

small attendance

Tour:
98C
Saturday,
March 26, 1898
Park Hotel
Williamsport, PA
Correspondence Letter to children

Next is Harrisburg

Tour:
98C
Sunday,
March 27, 1898
Grand Opera House
Harrisburg, PA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
98C
Monday,
March 28, 1898
Greensburg, PA Lecture Liberty Tour:
98C
Monday,
May 9, 1898
Duquesne Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
98D
Wednesday,
June 21, 1899
Philadelphia, PA Interview Philadelphia North American

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