Joseph Holt Ingraham

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Portrait of F. Clinton Barrington (Joseph Holt Ingraham), 1852
Excerpt from Conrado de Beltran, 1854

Joseph Holt Ingraham (January 26, 1809 – December 18, 1860) was an American author.

Ingraham was born in Portland, Maine. He spent several years at sea, then worked as a teacher of languages in Mississippi. In the 1840s he published work in Arthur's Magazine.[1] He became an Episcopal clergyman on March 7, 1852.

In Natchez, Ingraham married Mary Brooks, a cousin of Phillips Brooks.

Under the pen-name F. Clinton Barrington he wrote stories for popular publications like Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion.[2] He met Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1846 and told him that he "has written eighty novels, and of these twenty during the last year."[3]

Ingraham died at the age of 51, in Holly Springs, Mississippi from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in the vestibule of his church.[4]

Ingraham wrote a series of three epistolary novels on biblical themes; The Pillar of Fire, The Throne of David and The Prince of the House of David. The first of these was supposed to illustrate the beginning of Hebraic power, the second its culmination and the last its decadence.


  • Lafitte: The Pirate of the Gulf (1836)
  • Burton; or, The Sieges (1838)
  • "The Kelpie Rock" (1839)
  • The Quadroone; or, St. Michael's Day (1840)
  • The Prince of the House of David (1855)
  • The Sunny South, a collection of letters, published under the pen name Kate Conyngham.
  • The Pillar of Fire (1859), used as one of the bases of the film The Ten Commandments


  1. ^ Prospectus for Arthur's Magazine, v.5. 1845. Cf. American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, no. 6443
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  3. ^ Barger, Andrew (2015). Middle Unearthed: The Best Fantasy Short Stories 1800-1849. Bottletree Books LLC. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-933747-53-8.
  4. ^ Archives and Special Collections – University of Mississippi

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