Robert Green Ingersoll was the Great Agnostic in the Golden Age of Free Thought in America. From 1870 to 1899 he challenged the religious right of his day on issues of theism and the Bible, civil rights, rights for women and children, etc. He lived in Washington, DC on Lafayette Square for several years in his heyday and was a sought after political campaigner, lawyer, and provocative, entertaining speaker who filled the local auditoriums. This talk, accompanied with photos, will address his activities while living in Washington, DC.
Steve Lowe is a member of the Board of Directors of WASH. He grew up in Winchester, VA and attended UVA in Charlottesville before serving in the Peace Corps in Zaire, then getting an MBA and working in the telecommunications sector until 2000 when he retired. He has been doing research on Robert Ingersoll for several years. Here is a link to the recent article about Robert Ingersoll in the White House History magazine: http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_publications/publications_documents/whitehousehistory_31-lowe.pdf