Post War Lyceum and Chautauqua Speakers in America

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) Reformer and women's suffrage leader; organizer of Daughters of Temperance; Co-organizer of Women's Loyal League; president (1892-1900) of the National American Suffrage Association.

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) poet and journalist; lawyer; editor of New York Review and Antheneum Magazine; part owner and editor New York Evening Post; Leader of anti-slavery Free Soil movement; a founder of the Republican Party.

George William Curtis (1824-1892) journalist and writer; published widely in Harper's Monthly; editor in chief of Harper's Weekly Magazine; "One of the most polished and popular of platform-orators in America" according to Thomas W. Herringshaw in 1888.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). American author, poet and philosopher.

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), clergyman, writer, publisher; Chaplain of the Senate; American historian; author of "A man without a country."

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910). Antislavery and women's rights activist, Founder (1874) of "Mother's Day" Author of Battle Hymn of the Republic, journalist and essayist, contributor to Boston Commonwealth; editor of Woman's Journal; a founder of New England Women's Club; president of the association for the advancement of women; president Boston Author's Club; delegate to World's Prison Reform Congress; founder The Women's Peace Association.

Bill Nye, born Edgar Wilson Nye (1850-1896) Humorist and journalist.

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) Poet, especially known for his Hoosier identification (Indiana) and his poems to children.

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) Abolitionist, United States Senator.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) writer, humorist, journalist and lecturer.