Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
January, 1880 Atchison, KS Lecture

possible lecture in Atchison in January for charity

Tour:
80A
Monday,
January 5, 1880
Parkersburg, WV Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Tuesday,
January 6, 1880
Music Hall
Zanesville, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Wednesday,
January 7, 1880
Grand Opera House
Richmond, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Thursday,
January 8, 1880
Evans Hall
Evansville, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Friday,
January 9, 1880
Evansville, IN Lecture Moses Tour:
80A
Saturday,
January 10, 1880
Danville, IL Lecture Tour:
80A
Sunday,
January 11, 1880
Opera House
Terre Haute, IN
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
Thursday,
January 15, 1880
Opera House
Olean, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Friday,
January 16, 1880
Opera House
Rochester, NY
Lecture Gods Tour:
80A
Saturday,
January 17, 1880
Hodge Opera House
Lockport, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Sunday,
January 18, 1880
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Gods Tour:
80A
Monday,
January 19, 1880
Buffalo, NY Correspondence Letter to Maude Tour:
80A
Monday,
January 19, 1880
Ward's Opera House
Brockport, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Tuesday,
January 20, 1880
Bordwell's Hall
Albion, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80A
Wednesday,
January 21, 1880
Medina, NY Lecture Liberty

possible lecture in Medina – check

Tour:
80A
Thursday,
January 22, 1880
Uncategorized Tour:
80A
Friday,
January 23, 1880
Uncategorized Tour:
80A
Saturday,
January 24, 1880
Washington, DC Lecture Woman’s Suffrage Tour:
80A
Thursday,
January 29, 1880
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Paine Tour:
80B
Friday,
January 30, 1880
Plymouth, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Saturday,
January 31, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Cleveland, OH Lecture

possible lecture in Cleveland after Chicago

Tour:
80B
Sunday,
February 1, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Seneca Falls, NY Lecture

possible lecture – or possible turned down request to

Tour:
80B
Monday,
February 2, 1880
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
February 3, 1880
Lawrence House
Adrian, MI
Correspondence Letter to children

“spoke last night for 2 hours forty minutes, and people said Go on”.

Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
February 3, 1880
Detroit, MI Lecture Gods Tour:
80B
Wednesday,
February 4, 1880
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Gods Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 5, 1880
Kalamazoo, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 5, 1880
Burdick House
Kalamazoo, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80B
Friday,
February 6, 1880
Ottawa, IL Lecture Tour:
80B
Saturday,
February 7, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Politics. Religion and Thomas Paine

Tour:
80B
Sunday,
February 8, 1880
Academy of Music
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Gods Tour:
80B
Monday,
February 9, 1880
Opera House
South Bend, IN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80B
Tuesday,
February 10, 1880
Logansport, IN Lecture Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 12, 1880
Washington, DC Travel Return home Tour:
80B
Thursday,
February 26, 1880
Washington Correspondence Letter to Samual Putnam
Tuesday,
March 2, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Tribune
Sunday,
March 7, 1880
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Gods
Saturday,
March 27, 1880
Washington, DC Writing Chinese God

Letter to the Editor, Chicago Times?

Monday,
March 29, 1880
Lea's Opera House
Port Jervis, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
March 30, 1880
Eagle Hall
Ogdensburg, NY
Lecture Gods Tour:
80C
Thursday,
April 1, 1880
Montreal, QUE Lecture

small audience

Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 2, 1880
Montreal, QUE Lecture Tour:
80C
Saturday,
April 3, 1880
Opera Hall
Napanee, ONT
Lecture Moses

150 in audience

Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 4, 1880
Toronto, ONT Miscellaneous Dialogue with Rev. Clark Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 4, 1880
Belleville, ONT Lecture Cancelled ?

denied hall?

Tour:
80C
Monday,
April 5, 1880
Royal Opera House
Toronto, ONT
Lecture Gods

Crowded Opera House

Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
April 6, 1880
Royal Opera House
Toronto, ONT
Lecture Moses

Only Toronto Telegram covered lecture

Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 7, 1880
Grand Opera House
Ottawa, ONT
Lecture Gods Tour:
80C
Thursday,
April 8, 1880
Brockville, ONT Lecture Cancelled ?

denied hall by mayor

Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 9, 1880
St. Catharines, ONT Lecture Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 11, 1880
National Theatre
Washington, DC
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
April 13, 1880
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
April 13, 1880
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 14, 1880
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 14, 1880
Music Hall
Lynn, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80C
Thursday,
April 15, 1880
Providence Opera House
Providence, RI
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 16, 1880
Liberty Hall
New Bedford, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 18, 1880
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Gods Tour:
80C
Monday,
April 19, 1880
Academy
Fall River, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
April 20, 1880
Smyth's Opera House
Manchester, NH
Lecture How To Be Saved?

Was in Manchester last season – very large audience

Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 21, 1880
Home of Parker Pillsbury
Concord, NH
Uncategorized

first visit to Concord – lecture in Lawrence tonight

Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 21, 1880
City Hall
Lawrence, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Thursday,
April 22, 1880
MA Lecture

Boston Investigator notes MA & NH tour

Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 23, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Portland, ME Lecture

may take the place of one of the MA or NH entries

Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 23, 1880
MA Lecture

Boston Investigator notes MA & NH tour

Tour:
80C
Saturday,
April 24, 1880
Opera House
Holyoke, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 25, 1880
Grand Opera House
New Haven, CT
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
April, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Titusville, PA Lecture

likely Titusville lecture

Thursday,
May 6, 1880
Macauley's Theater
Louisville, KY
Lecture How To Be Saved?

1500 in audience

Tour:
80D
Friday,
May 7, 1880
Park Theater
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Saturday,
May 8, 1880
Terre Haute, IN Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Sunday,
May 9, 1880
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Monday,
May 10, 1880
Dolan's Opera House
Logansport, IN
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Tuesday,
May 11, 1880
Richmond, IN Lecture Tour:
80D
Friday,
May 14, 1880
House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Watching Session

With wife and daughter

Tour:
80D
Sunday,
May 16, 1880
Booth's Theater
New York, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Sunday,
May 23, 1880
Booth's Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Gods Tour:
80D
Tuesday,
May 25, 1880
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Wednesday,
May 26, 1880
Academy of Music
Baltimore, MD
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80D
Monday,
May 31, 1880
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Uncategorized

Arrived for Republican Convention

Tour:
80D
Thursday,
June 3, 1880
Republican Nation Convention
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Committee on Credentials
Friday,
July 2, 1880
Bass Rock House
Gloucester, MA
Travel Vacation

summer vacation

Sunday,
August 1, 1880
Music Hall
Lynn, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80E
Thursday,
August 12, 1880
City Hall
Gloucester, MA
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Sunday,
August 15, 1880
Academy of Music
Chelsea, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80E
August, 1880 Cape Ann, MA Travel Vacation

3 days with violinist, Edouard Remenyi

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
August 22, 1880
Highland Lake Grove
Norfolk, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

2500-5000 people

Tour:
80E
Friday,
September 3, 1880
Lake Maranacook, ME Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 5, 1880
Hornellsville, NY Lecture How To Be Saved?

National Freethinker’s Convention sept 1-5 25-30 speakers

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 12, 1880
Schoolcraft, MI Lecture How To Be Saved?

4000 people. Liberal meetingof Michigan & N. Indiana

Tour:
80E
Friday,
September 17, 1880
Chicago, IL Lecture National Liberal League Convention Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 19, 1880
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 19, 1880
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80E
Monday,
September 20, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
September 21, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
September 22, 1880
Lafayette, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

10-15 thousand

Tour:
80E
Thursday,
September 23, 1880
Lafayette, IN Correspondence Letter to children

Leaving in a few moments for South Bend

Tour:
80E
Friday,
September 24, 1880
South Bend, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

15 thousand

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
September 25, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Saturday,
September 25, 1880
Ligonier, IN Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

10 thousand

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 26, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children

Immense audience at Ligonier – Just starting for Milwaulkee

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
September 26, 1880
Grand Opera House
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80E
Monday,
September 27, 1880
Chicago, IL Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
September 28, 1880
County Fair Grounds
Rockford, IL
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

6000

Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
September 29, 1880
Chicago, IL Travel

return to Chicago on Weds, the 29th

Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
September 29, 1880
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Reply to Chicago Critics

Tour:
80E
October, 1880 Washington, DC Lecture How To Be Saved?

date & location given in preface to transcript

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
October 2, 1880
Batavia, IL Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Saturday,
October 2, 1880 *
Date is approximate
Cincinnati, OH Lecture Tour:
80E
Sunday,
October 3, 1880
Peoria, IL Correspondence Letter to wife

Leaving in morning for Ohio – political speeching tour

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
Saturday,
October 9, 1880
Marietta, NY Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

Could be Marietta NY?

Tour:
80E
Friday,
October 15, 1880
Sussex, NJ Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

community at the time was known as Deckertown

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
October 16, 1880
Trenton, NJ Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

6000 in audience

Tour:
80E
Monday,
October 18, 1880
Sink's Opera House
Rome, NY
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

largest audience ever in Opera House

Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
October 19, 1880
Ogdensburg, NY Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

7-8000 in audience

Tour:
80E
Wednesday,
October 20, 1880
Lowville, NY Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Thursday,
October 21, 1880
State Arsenal
Syracuse, NY
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

6-7000in audience, 2000 turned away

Tour:
80E
Friday,
October 22, 1880
Fair Ground
Canandaigua, NY
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

15000 people

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
October 23, 1880
Cooper Institute
New York, NY
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

immense audience

Tour:
80E
Monday,
October 25, 1880
Albany, NY Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Thursday,
October 28, 1880
Wall Street
New York, NY
Political Speech Wall Street Speech Tour:
80E
Friday,
October 29, 1880
Opera House
Poughkeepsie, NY
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield

3500 people

Tour:
80E
Saturday,
October 30, 1880
Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY
Political Speech Brooklyn Speech

Famed Ingersoll-Beecher meeting

Tour:
80E
Monday,
November 1, 1880
Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Thursday,
November 4, 1880
New York, NY Interview New York Herald

The Republican Victory

Tour:
80E
Friday,
November 5, 1880
Washington, DC Political Speech Victory speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Saturday,
November 6, 1880
New York, NY Interview New York Herald

Ingersoll and Beecher

Saturday,
November 13, 1880
Washington, DC Interview Washington Post

Political

Thursday,
November 18, 1880
New York, NY Interview New York Evening Express

Religion in Politics

Sunday,
December 5, 1880
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Commercial

The Political Outlook

Tour:
80F
Monday,
December 6, 1880
Washington, DC Travel Left for NY tour Tour:
80F
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
Sunday,
December 12, 1880
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80F
Monday,
December 13, 1880
Grand Opera House
Syracuse, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80F
Thursday,
December 23, 1880
Riggs House
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Towpath Club Banquet
Friday,
December 31, 1880
Correspondence Letter to theater owner