Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
1894 Grand Rapids, MI Interview Grand Rapids Democrat

Woman and Her Domain – Feb 22?

Sunday,
January 7, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Monday,
January 8, 1894
New Park Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Sunday,
January 14, 1894
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Gods Tour:
94A
Monday,
January 15, 1894
Opera House
Lawrence, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Wednesday,
January 17, 1894
Opera House
Brockton, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Saturday,
January 20, 1894
Narragansett Hotel
Providence, RI
Lecture The Present Situation

given for the Commercial Club

Tour:
94A
Sunday,
January 21, 1894
Opera House
Providence, RI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94A
Monday,
January 22, 1894
Court Square
Springfield, MA
Lecture Liberty

may have been Voltaire – or Voltaire was also given recently

Tour:
94A
Sunday,
January 28, 1894
Broadway Theatre
New York, NY
Lecture Moses

house filled to greatest capacity

Tour:
94A
Wednesday,
January 31, 1894
Grand Pacific
Chicago, IL
Lecture Army of Potomac Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
January 31, 1894
Grand Pacific
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to Maud

times are hard will not have a good house on either night

Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 1, 1894
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Cleveland’s Hawaiian Policy

Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 1, 1894
Elgin, IL Lecture Lincoln

Truthseeker had lecture as Shakespeare

Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 2, 1894
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Moses

2 lectures at auditorium?

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 3, 1894
Opera House
Joliet, IL
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 4, 1894
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94B
Monday,
February 5, 1894
Grand Opera House
Bloomington, IL
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
February 6, 1894
Grand Opera House
Peoria, IL
Lecture Shakespeare

nearly 3000 at opera house

Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
February 7, 1894
Keokuk, IA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 8, 1894
Burlington, IA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 8, 1894
Union Hotel
Burlington, IA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 9, 1894
Ballingall's
Ottumwa, IA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 9, 1894
Grand Opera House
Ottumwa, IA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 10, 1894
Des Moines, IA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 11, 1894
Savery House
Des Moines, IA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 11, 1894
Burtis Opera House
Davenport, IA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Monday,
February 12, 1894
Kimball Hotel
Davenport, IA
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94B
Monday,
February 12, 1894
Grand Opera House
Dubuque, IA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
February 13, 1894
Hotel Julien
Dubuque, IA
Correspondence Letter to children

splendid house at Davenport. Should be home on the 25th

Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
February 14, 1894
Hotel Julien
Dubuque, IA
Correspondence Letter to children

Fine house here last night. Just starting for La Crosse.

Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
February 14, 1894
New La Crosse Theatre
La Crosse, WI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 15, 1894
Minneapolis, MN Lecture speech before State Editorial Association Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 15, 1894
Lyceum Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Lincoln

TS has 2/14

Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 15, 1894
West Hotel
Minneapolis, MN
Correspondence Letter to children

“Good House Last night” just returned from lecture (here) and largest audience ever in theater

Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 16, 1894
Temple
Duluth, MN
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 17, 1894
The Spaulding Hotel
Duluth, MN
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 17, 1894
Grand Opera House
West Superior, WI
Lecture Liberty

town apparently absorbed by Superior in later years

Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 18, 1894
Metropolitan Opera House
St. Paul, MN
Lecture Moses Tour:
94B
Monday,
February 19, 1894
Park Hotel
Madison, WI
Correspondence Letter to children

letter is dated the 9th however much better match to 19th

Tour:
94B
Monday,
February 19, 1894
Fuller Opera House
Madison, WI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
February 20, 1894
Janesville, WI Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
February 20, 1894
Park Hotel
Janesville, WI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94B
Wednesday,
February 21, 1894
Auditorium Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children

just in the city for a few hours

Tour:
94B
Thursday,
February 22, 1894
Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Jackson, MI Lecture Shakespeare

schedule change? – seems to have been dropped

Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Bancroft House
Saginaw, MI
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94B
Friday,
February 23, 1894
Academy of Music
Saginaw, MI
Lecture How To Be Saved?

Truthseeker has date as 20th, lecture as Shakespeare

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 24, 1894
Fraser House
Bay City, MI
Correspondence Letter to children

will be home next Moday evening -left Chicago and 9:35 last night and got here at 10AM

Tour:
94B
Saturday,
February 24, 1894
Battle Creek, MI Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94B
Sunday,
February 25, 1894
Memorial Hall
Toledo, OH
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94B
Tuesday,
March 13, 1894
The Exchange and Ballard
Richmond, VA
Correspondence Letter to children

reached here last night at 9:29

Tour:
94C
Tuesday,
March 13, 1894
Academy of Music
Richmond, VA
Lecture Shakespeare

house well filled

Tour:
94C
Wednesday,
March 14, 1894
Staub's
Knoxville, TN
Lecture Shakespeare

filled from pit to dome

Tour:
94C
Thursday,
March 15, 1894
Opera House
Chattanooga, TN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94C
Friday,
March 16, 1894
Theatre Vendome
Nashville, TN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94C
Saturday,
March 17, 1894
Grand Opera House
Memphis, TN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94C
Sunday,
March 18, 1894
Kansas City, MO Lecture

maybe just passing thru on way to Kansas City

Tour:
94C
Monday,
March 19, 1894
Baldwin Theater
Springfield, MO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94C
Monday,
March 19, 1894
The Metropolitan
Springfield, MO
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
94C
Tuesday,
March 20, 1894
Wood's Opera House
Sedalia, MO
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94C
Wednesday,
March 21, 1894 *
Date is approximate
New York, NY Interview London Sketch

Orators and Oratory – footnote says that interview was conducted at Ingersoll’s office in NY

Wednesday,
March 21, 1894
Opera House
Jefferson City, MO
Lecture Liberty

about 200 people

Tour:
94C
Thursday,
March 22, 1894
Opera House
Decatur, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94C
Thursday,
March 22, 1894
St. Nicholas Hotel
Decatur, IL
Correspondence Letter to children

confusion in above dates?

Tour:
94C
Friday,
March 23, 1894
Danville, IL Political Speech speech before Republican County Convention Tour:
94C
Friday,
March 23, 1894
Grand Opera House
Danville, IL
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94C
Saturday,
March 24, 1894
Terre Haute, IN Lecture How To Be Saved?

Truthseeker had lecture in Jacksonville IL on this date

Tour:
94C
Sunday,
March 25, 1894
Olympic
St. Louis, MO
Lecture How To Be Saved?

2nd lecture this year – earlier one???

Tour:
94C
Sunday,
March 25, 1894
St. Louis, MO Interview St. Louis Post Dispatch Tour:
94C
Sunday,
April 1, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 8, 1894
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 8, 1894
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Interview Boston Journal Tour:
94D
Monday,
April 9, 1894
Augusta, ME Lecture Tour:
94D
Tuesday,
April 10, 1894
Opera House
Bangor, ME
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Wednesday,
April 11, 1894
Waterville, ME Lecture Tour:
94D
Thursday,
April 12, 1894
City Hall
Lewiston, ME
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Friday,
April 13, 1894
City Hall
Saco, ME
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 15, 1894
Star Theatre
New York, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Monday,
April 16, 1894
Walnut Street Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Wednesday,
April 18, 1894
Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 22, 1894
Columbia Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Monday,
April 23, 1894
Academy of Music
Newburgh, NY
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Tuesday,
April 24, 1894
Kingston Opera House
Kingston, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved?

audience of 500

Tour:
94D
Thursday,
April 26, 1894
Leland
Albany, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Friday,
April 27, 1894
Bastable
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Saturday,
April 28, 1894
Burtis
Auburn, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 29, 1894
Lyceum
Rochester, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Monday,
April 30, 1894
Fitzhugh Hall
Oswego, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Tuesday,
May 1, 1894
Doolittle Hotel
Oswego, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94D
Tuesday,
May 1, 1894
City Opera House
Watertown, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Wednesday,
May 2, 1894
Opera House
Utica, NY
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Friday,
May 4, 1894
Opera House
Corning, NY
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94D
Saturday,
May 5, 1894
Shattuck Opera House
Hornellsville, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
May 6, 1894
Casino
Middletown, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Wednesday,
May 9, 1894
Hyperion
New Haven, CT
Lecture Lincoln

small audience

Tour:
94D
Thursday,
May 10, 1894
Foot Guard Hall
Hartford, CT
Lecture Lincoln

large audience

Tour:
94D
Friday,
May 11, 1894
South Norwalk, CT Lecture Tour:
94D
Saturday,
May 12, 1894
Grand Opera House
Bridgeport, CT
Lecture How To Be Saved?

half filled the hall

Tour:
94D
Sunday,
May 13, 1894
Middletown, CT Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Monday,
May 14, 1894
Jacques Opera House
Waterbury, CT
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Thursday,
May 17, 1894
Opera House
Little Falls, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved?

house filled – lecture tour closes in MA May 18

Tour:
94D
Friday,
May 18, 1894
Edison Hotel
Schenectady, NY
Travel Had Lunch

en route to Troy – lecture?

Tour:
94D
Wednesday,
May 30, 1894
Tom Paine Monument
New Rochelle, NY
Lecture Paine

address before Philosophical Association of Brooklyn

Monday,
July 9, 1894
New York, NY Interview NY Herald
Wednesday,
August 8, 1894
New Camp Association
Caldwell, NY
Lecture Liberty
Thursday,
August 9, 1894
New Camp Association
Caldwell, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94E
Saturday,
August 11, 1894
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94E
Monday,
August 13, 1894
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94E
Thursday,
August 16, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94E
Saturday,
August 18, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94E
Sunday,
August 19, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

attendance of 12000 tried to hear lecture – 6000 could squeeze in

Tour:
94E
Wednesday,
August 22, 1894 *
Date is approximate
Town Hall
Saratoga Springs, NY
Lecture

probable Saratoga lecture around this date -date may be a week earlier

Tour:
94E
Sunday,
August 26, 1894
Academy of Music
Atlantic City, NJ
Lecture Liberty

vast audience

Tour:
94E
Thursday,
August 30, 1894
Walson
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Friday,
August 31, 1894
New York, NY Correspondence Letter to Maud
Saturday,
September 1, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Sunday,
September 2, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Monday,
September 3, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Tuesday,
September 4, 1894
New York, NY Correspondence Letter to Maud
Wednesday,
September 5, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Thursday,
September 6, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Maud
Thursday,
September 13, 1894
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Correspondence Letter to Clint and Sue
Thursday,
September 13, 1894
Law Office
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to Clint
Saturday,
September 15, 1894
New York, NY Interview NY Herald

Catholicism and Protestantism. The Pope, The A.P.A., Agnosticism andthe Church

Saturday,
September 29, 1894
New York, NY Writing Elmira Reformatory

Letter to the editor of NY World

Saturday,
October 13, 1894
Chicago Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94F
Monday,
October 15, 1894
Lockerby Hall
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94F
Wednesday,
October 17, 1894
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean Tour:
94F
Friday,
October 26, 1894
St. Louis, MO Interview St. Louis Globe-Democrat Tour:
94F
Sunday,
November 11, 1894
Star Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94F
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
Friday,
November 16, 1894
Columbus, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
November 17, 1894
Dayton, OH Lecture Tour:
94G
Sunday,
November 18, 1894
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
November 19, 1894
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
November 20, 1894
Elyria, OH Correspondence Letter to Maud

“Having good luck and the people who hear me are delighted”

Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
November 20, 1894
Elyria, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 21, 1894
Memorial Hall
Toledo, OH
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
94G
Thursday,
November 22, 1894
Warren, OH Lecture Tour:
94G
Friday,
November 23, 1894
Warner Hall
Jamestown, NY
Lecture Holy Bible

large audience

Tour:
94G
Saturday,
November 24, 1894
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Sunday,
November 25, 1894
Columbia Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
November 26, 1894
Auditorium
Bridgeport, CT
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
November 27, 1894
Holyoke Opera House
Holyoke, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 28, 1894
Court Square
Springfield, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 28, 1894
Massasoit House
Springfield, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Thursday,
November 29, 1894
Academy of Music
Northampton, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94G
Friday,
November 30, 1894
Worcester Theatre
Worcester, MA
Lecture Holy Bible

Titled in ad as The New Bible

Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 1, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Have had only a moderate week

Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 1, 1894
Grand Opera House
New Bedford, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 2, 1894
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Holy Bible

well attendend

Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 2, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 3, 1894
Academy of Music
Haverhill, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 3, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

yesterday weather was awful but theater was packed

Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
December 4, 1894
City Hall
Portland, ME
Lecture Holy Bible

1200 in audience

Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
December 5, 1894
Lynn Theatre
Lynn, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Thursday,
December 6, 1894
White's Opera House
Concord, NH
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94G
Thursday,
December 6, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Friday,
December 7, 1894
Opera house
Manchester, NH
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 8, 1894
Opera house
Brockton, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 8, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 9, 1894
Opera house
Providence, RI
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 10, 1894
Narragansett House
Providence, RI
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Had a fine house last night

Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 10, 1894
Academy of Music
Fall River, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Tuesday,
December 11, 1894
Lyceum Theatre
New London, CT
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 16, 1894
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 17, 1894
Richmond, VA Lecture Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
December 19, 1894
Park Theater
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Thursday,
December 20, 1894
Harris's Academy
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G