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Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll
Born in Dresden, Torrey, Yates, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married 13 Feb 1862 in Groveland, Tazewell, Illinoismap
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Died in Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh, Westchester, New Yorkmap
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Robert was born in 1833. He was the son of John Ingersoll and Mary Livingston. He passed away in 1899.

One of the most famous orators of all time.

Robert Green Ingersoll at Wikipedia:


Avery, Lillian Drake. A Genealogy of the Ingersoll Family in America, 1629-1925 . . . New York: Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1926, pages 66 and 95, person number 320

Bateman, Newton, and Selby, Paul, editors. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1907, Vol. I, page 296 (This source shows birth place as Bresden in Oneida County, New York.)

Kittredge, Herman Eugene. Ingersoll, A Biographical Appreciation. New York: The Dresden Publishing Company, 1911, Chapter 1

1850 census: Robert G. Ingersoll - Lisbon, St. Lawrence, New York

1860 census: Robert G. Ingersoll - Ward 1, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

1870 census: R. G. Ingersoll - Ward 3, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

1880 census: Robt. G. Ingersoll - ED 46, Washington, D.C.

New York State Death Index

Obituary in The Daily News, Batavia, New York, Friday Evening, 21 July 1899, page 1, column 3

Obituary in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, Saturday Afternoon, 22 July 1899, page 1, column 6

Obituary in New York Herald, New York, New York, Saturday, 22 July 1899, page 4, columns 1-5 - "COLONEL INGERSOLL DIED AS HE WISHED" - Obituary includes a photo of Robert Green Ingersoll and a photo of his birthplace in Dresden, New York. A separate article contains “Mgr. Martinelli’s Comment on Ingersoll’s Death.”

Obituary in The Sunday Herald, Syracuse, New York, Sunday Morning, 23 July 1899, unknown page - APOSTLE OF AGNOTICISM AN APOSTLE OF MORALITY Robert Green Ingersoll’s Life One of Uprightness, of Devotion to His Family and Charity Toward His Fellow Men—His Fame as an Orator—Magnificent Lawyer—Career Was Full of Interest.

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, New York, Friday, 16 February 1912, page 3, columns 1-3: ROBERT G. INGERSOLL" -

Commercial Advertiser, Canton, New York, Tuesday, 30 December 1924, page 2, columns 2-3: "INGERSOLL'S MOTHER NATIVE OF LISBON" -

The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, Wednesday Evening, 25 May 1927, page 15, column 6: "Ingersoll House May Not Re-open"

Chronicle - Express, Penn Yan, New York, Thursday, 5 May 1932, page 11, column 1: "Ashes of Col. Ingersoll Given Military Burial" -

The Watkins Express, Watkins Glen, New York, Wednesday, 18 May 1932, page 3, column 8: "Ingersoll Ashes To be Buried In Arlington Cemetery"

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia -

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, New York, Friday, 11 August 1933, page 1, column 2: "To Observe 100th Anniversary" -

New York Post, New York, New York, Tuesday, 9 March 1937, page 13(?): "ROOM NEEDED FOR A BIG MAN'S SHADOW"

Series of articles in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, in the spring and summer of 1967, beginning on Saturday, 29 April 1967, page 12, columns 2-3, "'Great Agnostic' Born In North Community" by Elizabeth Baxter

Article in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, Saturday, 3 June 1967, page 2, columns 2-3: "Agnostic's Father Preached in Adams," by Elizabeth Baxter

Article in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, Saturday, 10 June 1967, page 12, columns 2-3: "Youthful Ingersoll Argued With Logic"

Article in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, Saturday, 22 July 1967, page 2, columns 2-3: "Orator Ingersoll Impressed North"

Article in Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, Saturday, 29 July 1967, page 2, columns 2-3: "Ingersoll's Death Recalls His Life" (last article in series)

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Some romantic thoughts on marriage, by Robert Green Ingersoll:

"A true marriage is a natural concord or agreement of souls--a harmony in which discord is not even imagined. It is a mingling so perfect that only one seems to exist. All other considerations are lost. The present seems eternal. In this supreme moment there is no shadow, or the shadow is as luminous as light.

When two beings thus love, thus unite, this is the true marriage of soul and soul. The idea of contract is lost. Duty and obligation are instantly changed into desire and joy, and two lives, like uniting streams, flow on as one."

Source: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume VIII. New York: The Dresden Publishing Co., 1906, page 576.

Originally published in the New York Herald, Sunday, 21 February 1897, Fourth Section, page 2, columns 4-5.

posted 14 Feb 2020 by Bill Hull   [thank Bill]
"The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so."
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posted 17 Jul 2018 by Bill Hull   [thank Bill]
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