Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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136 Events
Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Sunday,
January 26, 1879
La Crosse, WI Interview La Crosse Republican and Leader

on tour?

Friday,
January 31, 1879
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav Tour:
78B
Sunday,
February 23, 1879
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture Moses

standing room only at a premium

Sunday,
March 2, 1879
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79A
Tuesday,
March 4, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
March 5, 1879
Taylor Opera House
Trenton, NJ
Lecture Moses

first lecture of 100 with Redpath as manager

Tour:
79A
Thursday,
March 6, 1879
New Brunswick, NJ Lecture Tour:
79A
Friday,
March 7, 1879
Opera House
Paterson, NJ
Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
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,
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
Thursday,
March 13, 1879
Academy of Music
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Hell Tour:
79A
Friday,
March 14, 1879
South Bend, IN Lecture Moses Tour:
79A
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
Pikes Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture 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
Sunday,
March 23, 1879
Haverly's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Moses

Afternoon lecture – 3PM

Tour:
79A
Monday,
March 24, 1879
Washington, DC Uncategorized

Had to postpone remainder of midwest tour due to legal work in Washington

Tour:
79A
Wednesday,
April 9, 1879
Washington, DC Uncategorized

Left for lecture tour of the West

Thursday,
April 10, 1879
Uncategorized
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
Saturday,
April 12, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79B
Sunday,
April 13, 1879
Academy of Music
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Moses Tour:
79B
Monday,
April 14, 1879
Opera House
Racine, WI
Lecture Moses Tour:
79B
Tuesday,
April 15, 1879
DuBois' Opera House
Elgin, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Wednesday,
April 16, 1879
Morrison, IL Lecture Tour:
79B
Thursday,
April 17, 1879
Galt House
Sterling, IL
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
79B
Thursday,
April 17, 1879
Sterling, IL Lecture Tour:
79B
Friday,
April 18, 1879
Brown's Hall
Rockford, IL
Lecture Tour:
79B
Saturday,
April 19, 1879
Coulter Opera House
Aurora, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Sunday,
April 20, 1879
Haverly's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Monday,
April 21, 1879
Elkhart, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
79B
Tuesday,
April 22, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79B
Wednesday,
April 23, 1879
Wheeler's Opera House
Toledo, OH
Lecture Tour:
79B
Thursday,
April 24, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79B
Tuesday,
May 6, 1879
Uncategorized
Wednesday,
May 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: Chicago Bible Class

Letter to Editor of Chicago Times

Wednesday,
May 14, 1879
Bedford, IA Lecture

possible lecture

May, 1879 St. Louis, MO Lecture

possible lecture to honor Paine/raise funds for monument

Sunday,
May 25, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
June 2, 1879
1403 K Street
Washington, DC
Tribute E C Ingersoll Tribute

E. C. Ingersoll died on May 31

Wednesday,
June 4, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Phil. Hotel

letter to hotel owner cancelling Ebon’s reservation

Thursday,
June 5, 1879
St. Paul, MN Lecture

these lectures seem unlikely given letters written in Washington during this date

Tour:
79C
Friday,
June 6, 1879
Minneapolis, MN Lecture

these lectures seem unlikely given letters written in Washington during this date

Tour:
79C
Sunday,
June 8, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint & Sue

going to Pittsburgh tonight – be back the 10th

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

in town for patent dispute

Tour:
79C
Tuesday,
June 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Addison Sangdon(?) Esq

concerning immortality

Tuesday,
July 8, 1879
Washington Correspondence Letter to Mr Wakeman(?)

seems to be involved with the Obscenity trial of Bennett

Friday,
July 11, 1879
Washington Correspondence Letter to the President

concerning D. M. Bennett

Sunday,
July 13, 1879
Washington, DC Tribute Clark Tribute
Thursday,
July 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning meeting with the President

Friday,
July 18, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning protests against the Bennett pardon

Tuesday,
July 22, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to D.M. Bennett

concerning final efforts to win his pardon

Wednesday,
July 23, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to lawyers in Kansas City
Saturday,
July 26, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Hon. J.J. Noah

concerning anti-semitism

Monday,
July 28, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to ??
Tuesday,
July 29, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to E. C. Wheeler
Wednesday,
July 30, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to H. B. Titus
Thursday,
July 31, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Simon J. Kilduff Esq.
Friday,
August 8, 1879
Astor House
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Meeting of National Liberal League

concerning Bennett case

Thursday,
August 21, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Personal correspondance

concerning “obscene literature”

Sunday,
August 24, 1879
Washington, DC Interview Cincinatti Enquirer

concerning Cincinatti Convention

Sunday,
September 7, 1879
Uncategorized
Monday,
September 8, 1879 *
Date is approximate
Bismark Grove
Lawrence, KS
Lecture

Kansas Liberal Convention – Sep 5-12 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Parker Pillsbury, B.F. Underwood, etc

Tour:
79D
Tuesday,
September 9, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79D
Wednesday,
September 10, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79D
Thursday,
September 11, 1879
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Human Rights Tour:
79D
Saturday,
September 13, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79D
Sunday,
September 14, 1879
Pikes Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture National Liberal League Tour:
79D
Monday,
September 15, 1879
Uncategorized
Wednesday,
September 17, 1879
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to H.L. Green

quoted in Jamestown NY paper – concerning lecture at Chautauqua

Saturday,
September 20, 1879
Uncategorized
Sunday,
September 21, 1879
Chautauqua, NY Lecture Liberty

Event was held at shore of Chautauqua lake – note: NOT at the Institute, but at ‘Lake View’

Tour:
79E
Sunday,
September 21, 1879
Opera House
Jamestown, NY
Lecture Moses Tour:
79E
Monday,
September 22, 1879
Salamanca, NY Lecture

Date may be 23rd

Tour:
79E
September, 1879 *
Date is approximate
Lockport, NY Lecture

Possible lecture

Tour:
79E
Wednesday,
September 24, 1879
Opera House
Hornellsville, NY
Lecture Moses Tour:
79E
Thursday,
September 25, 1879
Lecture Tour:
79E
Monday,
October 6, 1879
Lecture Tour:
79E
Tuesday,
October 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing preface to Mistakes of Moses

preface

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

seems unlikely given no coverage in Daily Post

Wednesday,
October 15, 1879
Uncategorized
Wednesday,
October 22, 1879
Uncategorized
Thursday,
October 23, 1879
Law Office
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to Editor

concerning liberalism of Cornell

Friday,
October 24, 1879
Home
Washington, DC
Interview Washington Post

Had George Holyoake as guest for past few days. Part of interview with Holyoake.

Sunday,
October 26, 1879
Washington, DC Travel Left for Pittsburgh Tour:
79F
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
Saturday,
November 1, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Thursday,
November 6, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Friday,
November 7, 1879
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Saturday,
November 8, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
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 11, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Wednesday,
November 12, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Thursday,
November 13, 1879
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Political and Religious

Tour:
79F
Thursday,
November 13, 1879
Palmer House
Chicago, IL
Lecture Great Banquet Tour:
79F
Friday,
November 14, 1879
Uncategorized Tour:
79F
Saturday,
November 15, 1879
Hotel Clinton
Kokomo, IN
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
79F
Saturday,
November 15, 1879
Sharp & Dayhuff's Hall
Kokomo, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
Sunday,
November 16, 1879
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
79F
November, 1879 Indianapolis, IN Interview Unknown Paper

Politics and Gen. Grant

Tour:
79F
Monday,
November 17, 1879
Wysor's Opera House
Muncie, IN
Lecture Moses Tour:
79F
Tuesday,
November 18, 1879
Opera House
Alliance, OH
Lecture Moses Tour:
79F
Wednesday,
November 19, 1879
Uncategorized
Friday,
November 28, 1879
Uncategorized
Saturday,
November 29, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Modern Thinkers

preface to book by Prof. Van Buren Denslow

Tuesday,
December 2, 1879
Washington, DC Travel returns home
Wednesday,
December 3, 1879
Uncategorized
Sunday,
December 14, 1879
Uncategorized
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
Thursday,
December 18, 1879
Urbana, IL Lecture Tour:
79G
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
Monday,
December 22, 1879
Uncategorized