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Robert Green Ingersoll
Birth: Aug. 11, 1833
Death: Jul. 21, 1899

Philosopher, Civil War Union Army Officer. Born in Dresden, New York, he was the son of a Congregational minister, who discarded the teachings of the Bible when he was still a boy. After growing up in Illinois, and despite a lack of formal education, he was admitted to the Illinois bar and began a lucrative law practice in Peoria. His masterful oratory in the courtroom contributed to his reputation as an outstanding trial lawyer. He was also known for his cutting barbs. During the Civil War he was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 11th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and as captured near Corinth, Mississippi. Although soon released, he still made time to treat his Confederate captors to a rousing antislavery speech. After the war he turned to politics, becoming a staunch Republican. He served as Illinois Attorney General from 1867 to 1869, and stumped for the party's presidential candidates, making notable contributions to the Republican cause. He hoped for but was never awarded a Cabinet post. Quite simply, the Republicans administrations, while quick to accept his oratorical contributions to their campaigns, were afraid of his unorthodox religious views. They viewed him as a political liability. He never hesitated to acknowledge his agnosticism or to cast doubt on the Bible. He was decried as a "moral leper" by clergymen at the same time as he was lauded by such literary giants as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman who hailed his fresh attitude toward humanity. The cornerstone of his beliefs was the family; he revered his own wife and daughters. He strongly advocated equal rights for blacks and women. He defended Susan B. Anthony from hecklers when she spoke in Peoria; when every hotel in the city refused to house Frederick Douglass, he welcomed him into his home. Despite his highly unorthodox views on religion and social order, he enjoyed great popularity as a public speaker. After his death in Dobbs Ferry, New York, his writings, published posthumously, filled 12 volumes. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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  Eva Amelia Parker Ingersoll (1841 - 1923)*
 
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Inscription:
"Nothing is grander than to break chains from the bodies of men nothing nobler than to destroy the phantoms of the soul".
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3, Lot 1620 Grid S-16.5
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Thank you for being a source of light and inspiration in my life, Mr. Ingersoll. Your courage, wit, intelligence, generosity, kindness and fierce devotion to liberty of mind serve as a guide to me and to many others. Sapere Aude!
- Gerrie
 Added: Jul. 21, 2014

- James Mayfield
 Added: Jun. 15, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 11, 2014
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