Ingersoll Lockwood

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Ingersoll Lockwood
Ingersoll Lockwood, age 35.jpg
Born(1841-08-02)2 August 1841
Ossining, New York
Died30 September 1918(1918-09-30) (aged 77)
  • lawyer
  • writer
RelativesRalph Ingersoll Lockwood (uncle)

Ingersoll Lockwood (2 August 1841 – 30 September 1918) was an American lawyer and writer. As a writer, he is particularly known today for his Baron Trump children's novels. However, he wrote other children's novels, as well as the dystopian novel, 1900: or; The Last President, a play, and several non-fiction works. He wrote some of his non-fiction under the pseudonym Irwin Longman.[1][2]

Life and legal career[edit]

Lockwood was born in Ossining, New York, the son of Munson Ingersoll and Sarah Lewis (née Smith) Lockwood. Munson Lockwood, like his two older brothers, Ralph and Albert, was a lawyer and intimate friend of Henry Clay. However, Munson primarily achieved prominence as a military man and civic activist. He was a general in the New York State Militia and commandant of its 7th Brigade. A great admirer of the Hungarian statesman and freedom fighter Lajos Kossuth, Munson actively raised funds for him in New York. He was also one of the founders of Ossining's first bank and Dale Cemetery and served as the Warden of Sing Sing prison from 1850 to 1855.[3]

Like his father and uncles, Ingersoll Lockwood also trained as a lawyer, although his first position was as a diplomat. In 1862 he was appointed Consul to the Kingdom of Hanover by Abraham Lincoln. At the time he was the youngest member of the US consular force and served in that post for four years. On his return he established a legal practice in New York City with his older brother Henry.[3][4]

By the 1880s Lockwood had established a parallel career as a lecturer and writer. In 1884, he married Winifred Wallace Tinker, a graduate of Vassar College and aspiring author. They were divorced in 1892. That same year she married Edward R. Johnes, a lawyer by profession and a literateur by avocation.[a] He was described in Current Literature as Winifred's "kind and most sympathetic literary advisor."[5][7][6]

Lockwood spent his retirement years in Saratoga Springs, New York where he published his last book, a collection of poetry entitled In Varying Mood, or, Jetsam, Flotsam and Ligan in 1912. It opens with juxtaposed photographs of Lockwood at age 35 and at age 70. In the preface, he wrote:

The end has almost come. I'm only waiting for the signal to push off and begin my voyage to the Isles of the Blest in the far Western Seas. I was troubled in my mind at first, for my little bark, staunch though it may be, sat too deep in the water. It was overladen with conceits that wouldn't be current and merchandise that wouldn't be saleable in the Isles of the Blest. Overboard with it! Now that I have lightened ship I feel better.[8]

Lockwood died in Saratoga Springs five years later at the age of 77.[4]


  1. ^ Edward Rodolph Johnes (1852-1903) specialised in corporate and business law. He wrote a number of pamphlets on legal issues and also published a book of poetry, Briefs by a Barrister, in 1879. After their marriage, Winifred Tinker Johnes published several short stories and two novels, Miss Gwynne, Bachelor (1894) and Memoirs of a Little Girl (1896).[5][6]


  1. ^ Bleiler, Everett Franklin (1990). Science-fiction, the Early Years, p. 447. Kent State University Press. ISBN 0873384164
  2. ^ Fuller, Jaime (7 October 2017). "Trump Is the Star of These Bizarre Victorian Novels". Politico Magazine. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Holden, Frederick A. and Lockwood, James (1889). Descendants of Robert Lockwood. Colonial and Revolutionary History of the Lockwood Family in America, from A.D. 1630, pp. 552–553; 702–704.
  4. ^ a b New York Times (3 October 1918). "Ingersoll Lockwood, Lawyer", p. 13
  5. ^ a b Yale University (June 1903). Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased in the Academical Year ending in 1903, pp. 252–254
  6. ^ a b s.n. (July 1896). "General Gossip of Authors and Writers: Winifred Johnes". Current Literature, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 9.
  7. ^ The Courier-Journal (25 October 1892) "Ingersoll Lockwood's Former Wife Becomes Mrs. Edward R. Johnes". p. 6
  8. ^ Lockwood, Ingersoll (1912). In Varying Mood, or, Jetsam, Flotsam and Ligan, p. v. Ingersoll Lockwood.

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