Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Saturday,
January 6, 1877
Uncategorized
Friday,
January 12, 1877
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Eva & Maud
Saturday,
January 13, 1877
Uncategorized
Sunday,
January 14, 1877
Washington, DC Uncategorized
Wednesday,
January 31, 1877
Case Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty

city assumed by mention of Case Hall

Tour:
80E
Thursday,
February 8, 1877
Library Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Liberty

immense audience

Tour:
77A
Tuesday,
February 13, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

may be home next Monday

Tour:
77A
Friday,
February 16, 1877
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77A
Friday,
February 16, 1877
Cincinnati, OH Uncategorized

check in this time frame for Cincinnati lecture

Tour:
77A
Sunday,
February 18, 1877
Altoona, PA Lecture

possible lecture – or may have been family meeting?

Tour:
77A
Tuesday,
February 20, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

met the ‘folks’ at Altoona on

Tour:
77A
Thursday,
February 22, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
March 3, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

discusses leaving Peoria

Monday,
March 5, 1877
Washington, DC Miscellaneous meeting with President Hayes

cabinet post

Thursday,
March 8, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

will deliver a lecture in NY on the 14th on the political situation.

Friday,
March 9, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
March 12, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter

to NY city resident, saying he will support Hayes in lecture

Wednesday,
March 14, 1877
Steinway Hall
New York, NY
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77B
Thursday,
March 15, 1877
New Institute Hall
Newark, NJ
Lecture Liberty

poorly attended. Switched by audience vote from 827

Tour:
77B
Friday,
March 16, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
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
Monday,
March 19, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
Tuesday,
March 20, 1877
Tremont Temple
Boston, MA
Lecture Eight to Seven

first public appearance in Boston

Tour:
77B
Wednesday,
March 21, 1877
Music Hall
Providence, RI
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77B
Thursday,
March 22, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
Friday,
March 23, 1877
Academy
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77B
Saturday,
March 24, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
Sunday,
March 25, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
Monday,
March 26, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77B
Tuesday,
March 27, 1877
Farwell Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77B
Monday,
April 9, 1877
McCormick Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Ghosts

hall crowded to full capacity

Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
April 10, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
April 11, 1877
Armory Hall
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Thursday,
April 12, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Friday,
April 13, 1877
Armory Hall
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Saturday,
April 14, 1877
St. Louis, MO Correspondence Letter to Clint

leaving for Kansas City

Tour:
77C
Saturday,
April 14, 1877
Kansas City, MO Lecture

probable lecture in Kansas City

Tour:
77C
Sunday,
April 15, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
April 16, 1877
Topeka, KS Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
April 17, 1877
Laing's Hall
Leavenworth, KS
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
April 18, 1877
Tootle's Opera House
St. Joseph, MO
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Thursday,
April 19, 1877
Academy of Music
Omaha, NE
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Friday,
April 20, 1877
Opera House
Lincoln, NE
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77C
Saturday,
April 21, 1877
Snow's Academy
Council Bluffs, IA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Monday,
April 23, 1877
Opera House
Kansas City, MO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
April 24, 1877
Opera House
Quincy, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
April 25, 1877
Gibbon's Opera House
Keokuk, IA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Thursday,
April 26, 1877
Union Hall
Burlington, IA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Friday,
April 27, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Saturday,
April 28, 1877
Academy of Music
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Sunday,
April 29, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
April 30, 1877
Detroit, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 1, 1877
Madison, WI Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
May 2, 1877
Academy of Music
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Progress Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 3, 1877
Minneapolis, MN Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Friday,
May 4, 1877
Winona, MN Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Saturday,
May 5, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
May 6, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
May 7, 1877
Opera House
St. Paul, MN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 8, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
May 9, 1877
Moore's Opera House
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 10, 1877
Omaha, NE Uncategorized

left about noon

Tour:
77C
Friday,
May 11, 1877
Cheyenne, WY Correspondence Letter to household

leaving for Denver at 3AM, lecture there next Monday night

Tour:
77C
Saturday,
May 12, 1877
Guard Hall
Denver, CO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Sunday,
May 13, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
May 14, 1877
Cheyenne, WY Correspondence Letter to household

tomorrow we leave direct for San Francisco – will NOT stop in Salt Lake – could not get a hall

Tour:
77C
Monday,
May 14, 1877
McDaniel's Theatre
Cheyenne, WY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 15, 1877
Salt Lake City, UT Lecture Cancelled Progress

will lecture in Salt Lake upon return from California

Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 15, 1877
8000 feet above the sea
Laramie, WY
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
May 16, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 17, 1877 *
Date is approximate
Humboldt County, NV Travel Passing through

on route to San Fransisco for lecture

Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 17, 1877
11:00 AM
Carlin, NV Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
1877 Rose Creek, NV Correspondence Letter to household

453 miles from San Francisco, locomotive left track

Tour:
77C
Friday,
May 18, 1877
Train Depot
Reno, NV
Travel Passing through

on delayed train heading for San Francisco

Tour:
77C
Saturday,
May 19, 1877
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Sunday,
May 20, 1877
Uncategorized

probably resting from trip

Tour:
77C
Monday,
May 21, 1877
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 22, 1877
Platt's Hall
San Francisco, CA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
May 23, 1877
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household

splendid house last night

Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 24, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Friday,
May 25, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Saturday,
May 26, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
May 27, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
May 28, 1877
San Francisco, CA Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
May 29, 1877
Dietz Opera House
Oakland, CA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
May 30, 1877
San Francisco, CA Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 31, 1877
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household

Going today to San Jose. to speak at Stockton tomorrow

Tour:
77C
Thursday,
May 31, 1877
San Jose, CA Lecture Tour:
77C
Friday,
June 1, 1877
Stockton, CA Lecture Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 2, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
June 3, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
June 4, 1877
Metropolitan Opera House
Sacramento, CA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
June 5, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
June 6, 1877
Platt's Hall
San Francisco, CA
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 7, 1877
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 7, 1877 *
Date is approximate
Petaluma Theatre
Petaluma, CA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Friday,
June 8, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 9, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
June 10, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
June 11, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
June 12, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
June 13, 1877
Stockton Theater
Stockton, CA
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 14, 1877
Grand Opera House
San Francisco, CA
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Friday,
June 15, 1877
Metropolitan Theater
Sacramento, CA
Lecture Eight to Seven Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 16, 1877
Golden Eagle Hotel
Sacramento, CA
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 16, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
June 17, 1877
Marysville, CA Lecture Tour:
77C
Monday,
June 18, 1877
Nevada City, CA Uncategorized

probable lecture

Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
June 19, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
June 19, 1877
National Guard Hall
Virginia City, NV
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
June 20, 1877
International Hotel
Virginia City, NV
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
June 20, 1877
Carson Theater
Carson City, NV
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 21, 1877
International Hotel
Virginia City, NV
Correspondence Letter to household

lectured last night in Carson City

Tour:
77C
Friday,
June 22, 1877
National Guard Hall
Virginia City, NV
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 23, 1877
Virginia City, NV Correspondence Letter to Clint

going to Carson City – then Lake Tahoe – then San Francisco

Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 23, 1877
Carson Theater
Carson City, NV
Lecture Ghosts

*possible* delivery of Ghosts

Tour:
77C
Sunday,
June 24, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
June 25, 1877 *
Date is approximate
Lake Tahoe, CA Lecture

possible lecture in Lake Tahoe

Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
June 26, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
June 27, 1877
San Francisco, CA Lecture Reviewers Reviewed Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 28, 1877
San Francisco, CA Correspondence Letter to household

home around the 11th of July

Tour:
77C
Thursday,
June 28, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Friday,
June 29, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Saturday,
June 30, 1877
San Francisco, CA Correspondence Letter to household

start for home say 6th of July – something about cool as the audience at Quincy (IL? MA?)

Tour:
77C
Sunday,
July 1, 1877
Badger's Park
Oakland, CA
Lecture

National Labor Union Picnic benefit lecture

Tour:
77C
Monday,
July 2, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
July 3, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
July 4, 1877
Badger's Park
Oakland, CA
Lecture

benefit for free reading room, 7-20 thousand present. Addition to Ingersol Canon?

Tour:
77C
Thursday,
July 5, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Friday,
July 6, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Saturday,
July 7, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Sunday,
July 8, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Monday,
July 9, 1877
Grand Opera House
San Francisco, CA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
Tuesday,
July 10, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Wednesday,
July 11, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Thursday,
July 12, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77C
Friday,
July 13, 1877
Federal Court room
Salt Lake City, UT
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77C
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

Thursday,
September 20, 1877
St. Nicholas Hotel
New York, NY
Miscellaneous check in
Monday,
October 8, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Friday,
October 26, 1877
National Liberal League
Rochester, NY
Miscellaneous elected VP

Ingersoll there?

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

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Monday,
November 5, 1877
Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to Editor?

Letter to Utica Herald

Monday,
November 5, 1877
Courthouse
Indianapolis, IN
Miscellaneous Attended funeral of Oliver P. Morton (former IN gov.)
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
Wednesday,
November 7, 1877
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Ghosts

not first lecture in Erie

Tour:
77D
Thursday,
November 8, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77D
Friday,
November 9, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77D
Saturday,
November 10, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77D
Sunday,
November 11, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77D
Monday,
November 12, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77D
Tuesday,
November 13, 1877
Wieting Opera House
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Liberty

1st visit to Central New York

Tour:
77D
Wednesday,
November 14, 1877
Butterfield House
Utica, NY
Interview Utica Morning Herald Tour:
77D
Wednesday,
November 14, 1877
Utica Opera House
Utica, NY
Lecture Liberty

suspected first visit of Ingersoll to Utica

Tour:
77D
Thursday,
November 15, 1877
Butterfield House
Utica, NY
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77D
Thursday,
November 15, 1877
Martin Opera House
Albany, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77D
Friday,
November 16, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77D
Tuesday,
November 20, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

will be at the house next month

Thursday,
November 22, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
November 24, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Sunday,
November 25, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
November 29, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
November, 1877 Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Moved residence to Washington

Monday,
December 3, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Peoria Call

Responding to letter from Dr. Gregg of Ireland

Monday,
December 10, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Sue

will lecture in Troy NY on 17th – then Lafayette on the 20th

Wednesday,
December 12, 1877
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household

will lecture at Troy, Dunkirk & Lafayette

Tour:
77E
Wednesday,
December 12, 1877
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 14, 1877
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 14, 1877
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

Ingersoll’s Ideas

Tour:
77E
Sunday,
December 16, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77E
Monday,
December 17, 1877
Music Hall
Troy, NY
Lecture Liberty

First lecture in Troy

Tour:
77E
Tuesday,
December 18, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77E
Wednesday,
December 19, 1877
Opera House
Dunkirk, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
77E
Wednesday,
December 19, 1877
Richmond, IN Lecture Cancelled

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

Tour:
77E
Thursday,
December 20, 1877
Uncategorized Tour:
77E
Friday,
December 21, 1877
Lafayette, IN Lecture Tour:
77E
Saturday,
December 22, 1877
Albany, NY Lecture

doubtful – misdated?

Tour:
77E
Saturday,
December 29, 1877 *
Date is approximate
Cleveland, OH Lecture

mentions a trip to Cleveland – Nov 6?