political leader, and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought
, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism
. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic."
Robert Ingersoll was born in Dresden, New York
. His father, John Ingersoll, was an abolitionist-leaning Presbyterian preacher, whose radical views forced his family to move frequently.
An honest God is the noblest work of man.
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen forehead of every traitor to his country and every maligner of his fair reputation.
The rights of all are equal: justice, poised and balanced in eternal calm, will shake from the golden scales in which are weighed the acts of men, the very dust of prejudice and caste: No race, no color, no previous condition, can change the rights of men.