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Freethought flowered in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century, and its best known advocate was Robert Green Ingersoll, a lawyer and Civil War officer, who travelled the continent for 30 years, speaking to capacity audiences. Although his repertoire included lectures on Shakespeare, Voltaire and Burns, the largest crowds turned out to hear him denounce the bible, and religion.
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Rediscover Robert Green Ingersoll. Celebrated orator of 19th century America, lawyer, Civil War officer, personal friend of three U.S. presidents, the individual most responsible for the flowering of freethought in the United States. "Freedom was what he preached; he wanted the shackles off everywhere, he wanted men to think boldly about all things; he demanded intellectual and moral courage. He wanted men to follow wherever truth might lead them. He was a rare, bold, heroic figure." (Robert M. La Follette, Wisconsin Governor, U.S. Senator, Founder Progressive Party) "His life and work have been an inspiration to the whole earth." (Luther Burbank, Naturalist) "One of the constellations of our time . . . a bright, magnificent constellation." (Walt Whitman, Poet) "No finer personality ever existed." (Thomas A. Edison, Inventor) "One of the bravest, grandest champions of human liberty the world has ever seen." (Clarence Darrow, Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate) "How handsome he looked as he stood on that table, in the midst of those 500 shouting men and poured the molten silver from his lips. What an organ is human speech when it is employed by a master." (Mark Twain, Author, Humorist, Lecturer) "No other loss, outside of my own family, could have filled me with such sorrow. The future historian will rank him as one of the heroes of the nineteenth century." (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist, Suffragist Leader) "To the lovers of liberty everywhere, but chiefly to the youth of America who did not know Robert G. Ingersoll, remember that he helped to make you free." (Edgar Lee Masters, Poet)