Ingersoll Lockwood 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, a play, and several non-fiction works. He wrote some of his non-fiction under the pseudonym Irwin Longman.
Lockwood was born in Ossining, New York, the son of Munson Ingersoll and Sarah Lewis 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 during his military service and civic activism. 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. Lockwood had two brothers, Henry Clay Lockwood and Howard Lockwood.
Like his father and uncles, Ingersoll Lockwood 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 U.S. 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.
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. He was described in Current Literature as Winifred's "kind and most sympathetic literary advisor."
Lockwood died in Saratoga Springs five years later, in 1918, at the age of 77. He had no children or surviving relatives.
Books by Ingersoll Lockwood
The year is 1896. The United States is rocked by the election of an unlikely president. On election night, riots broke out in the streets of New York. The city was paralyzed with dread. Mobs organized under the lead of Anarchists and Socialists. Fart...