Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
February, 1857 Peoria, IL Miscellaneous moved to Peoria with brother Ebon

Smith says 1858

Sunday,
July 4, 1858
Peoria, IL Lecture 4th of July lecture to German Immigrants

possibly Ingersoll’s first freethought lecture – year tenative.

1859 *
Date is approximate
Peoria, IL Lecture Heretics

dubious – supposedly delivered before the death of his father

Monday,
August 28, 1865
Pa...ley's(?) Hall
Peoria, IL
Lecture 86th IL Regiment

hall was crowded

Saturday,
May 5, 1866
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Ebon

will deliver at lecture week after next on Progress

Monday,
May 14, 1866
Rouses Hall
Peoria, IL
Lecture Progress
Wednesday,
June 27, 1866
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Ebon
Thursday,
July 5, 1866
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Ebon
June, 1867 Peoria, IL Lecture
Thursday,
June 20, 1867
45 Main Street
Peoria, IL
Correspondence Letter to Ebon

address to Germans on Tuesday – religious people making quite a fight on me now…

Monday,
July 8, 1867
45 Main Street
Peoria, IL
Correspondence Letter to Ebon
Wednesday,
March 31, 1869
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Ebon
Tuesday,
September 14, 1869
Robinson's Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Humbolt
Tuesday,
March 15, 1870
Peoria, IL Lecture Woman’s Suffrage

Susan B. Anthony also present

Monday,
August 29, 1870
Rouses Opera House
Peoria, IL
Political Speech Speech for Renomination of Ebon
Monday,
October 24, 1870
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Clark
Saturday,
November 25, 1871
Peoria, IL Travel returned home
Friday,
February 23, 1872
Roust's Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Gods

Largest audience ever gathered in Opera House

Friday,
April 3, 1874
TPW railroad employees
Peoria, IL
Miscellaneous meeting with employees

explained bankruptcy of railroad to employees of Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw RR

Thursday,
June 18, 1874
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Aunt Candice

Mentions travelling east this summer. May give her a copy of a book having published.

Wednesday,
September 16, 1874
State Fair
Peoria, IL
Miscellaneous Attended
Wednesday,
March 17, 1875
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to Leon J. North(?) Esq.

Concerning phrenology & religious ideas

Thursday,
November 4, 1875
Peoria, IL Travel returned home
Tuesday,
November 16, 1875
Peoria, IL Lecture Some Things Seen
Wednesday,
May 24, 1876
Peoria, IL Tribute Parker Tribute
Tuesday,
July 4, 1876
Peoria, IL Lecture Centennial Oration
Friday,
September 22, 1876
Peoria, IL Political Speech
Monday,
September 25, 1876
Peoria, IL Travel left in morning for Ohio

Speaking in Ohio until Oct 2 – then Indiania

Tour:
76B
Monday,
October 9, 1876
Peoria, IL Travel returned home from Indiana Tour:
76B
Saturday,
October 14, 1876
Peoria, IL Correspondence letter to Col Babcock

will give Chicago address on 21st

Wednesday,
October 25, 1876
Peoria, IL Political Speech Tour:
76C
Friday,
August 31, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Thursday,
September 13, 1877
Peoria, IL Lecture Farming In Illinois

delivered at Illinois State Fair

Monday,
October 8, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Friday,
November 2, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Friday,
April 11, 1879
Rouses's Hall
Peoria, IL
Lecture Moses

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

Tour:
79B
Sunday,
October 3, 1880
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to wife

Leaving in morning for Ohio – political speeching tour

Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
February 6, 1894
Grand Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Shakespeare

nearly 3000 at opera house

Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
September 3, 1895
Grand Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95D
Friday,
October 16, 1896
2:00 PM
Tabernacle
Peoria, IL
Political Speech Gold Tour:
96H