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Monday, August 7, 2017

19th Century Novels: Prophetic or a Weird Coincidence?

Barron Trump and his controversial president dad:
a scenario predicted by 19th c. author Ingersoll Lockwood?
Trump 'prophecy' novels from 1896 hit home in 2017  

I call this weird: a book written in 1896 written about a character named Baron Trump who lives in Castle Trump in New York City? And another novel called The Last President about a New York outsider elected as president who is controversial? 

This was so weird, I thought at first it had to be a hoax so I went searching and found details about the author, Ingersoll Lockwood who was a lawyer and a religious Catholic. He wrote a number of works including several novels for youngsters, one on St. Paul and one on St. Anthony. He appeared to be very eclectic in his interests because he also wrote a play on George Washington and Revolutionary War as well as a book for lawyers. 

The Last President originally published in 1896 was a satire on socialism. It's available on Kindle for $.99 so I'm ordering it -- only 70 pages. 

I wonder whether Trump read these books as a boy and they influenced his naming his son Barron, even subliminally. Unlikely, I think. He's only a few years older than I am, and Lockwood wasn't even on the radar screen when I was a girl. Even if Trump did read the books, this is still pretty weird! 

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Roe Antinore said...

Wow, I ordered the Kindle edition also. Can't wait to read it.

Nancy Reyes said...

you can download it for free from internet archives

Susan said...

Could it possibly be an elaborately concocted hoax? In other words could the author have been created online as if he actually existed in 1896? Or could his identity and the record of these books been tampered with by a skillful hacker -- just to sell the Kindle book? I've often thought about how defendants in a court case could be found guilty on Internet and phone /text evidence that might easily be fabricated by hackers who really know what they're doing. Since I haven't bothered to check this out, I'd be far more inclined to believe it if I saw the book - aged and tattered - on a public library book shelf.

N.D. said...

"I'd be far more inclined to believe it if I saw the book - aged and tattered - on a public library book shelf."

What Susan said is possible.