Robert G. Ingersoll


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practiced law in Illinois and entered Democratic politics before the Civil War, in which he served as a colonel of cavalry and turned to the Republican party. In 1876 he nominated Blaine for the presidency with the famous epithet “the plumed knight.” He himself was known as “the great agnostic,” because of his long campaign in behalf of free-thinking, including celebrated antireligious lectures on “Superstition,” “The Gods,” “Some Mistakes of Moses,” and similar subjects, criticizing theology and the Bible from a rationalist point of view. His lectures, which had an important influence on American thought during the late 19th century, were published in several collections, and his complete Works appeared in 12 volumes (1900).

Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.

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