Robert Green Ingersoll

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Birthday
11, 1833
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 21, 1889 (55)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
11, 1833
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 21, 1889 (55)

About

Nicknamed "The Great Agnostic," he spoke publicly on religion, slavery and women's suffrage. His influential speeches were posthumously collected in a twelve-volume work known as the Dresden Editions.

Before Fame

He worked as a schoolteacher in Illinois before earning a law degree. Later, he organized the 11th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, a unit that fought in the American Civil War's Battle of Shiloh.

Trivia

He was captured in the Civil War, but was released after promising that he would not fight for the remainder of the war.

Family Life

He married Eva Parker Ingersoll, with whom he subsequently had two daughters. He was the son of Congregationalist minister and abolitionist, John Ingersoll.

Associated With

He was a close friend of Walt Whitman.

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