Ingersoll Lockwood is a late 1800s-era author who wrote a series of eerily prescient books that appear, in some people's minds anyway, to have foretold the rise of Donald Trump.
It is pretty odd; three of Lockwood's books, written before 1900, feature a character named Baron Trump, and the third is about the "last president."
One of Lockwood's books features an aristocratic boy protagonist by the name of Baron Trump who some feel bears a resemblance to presidential son, Barron Trump. Even weirder, Lockwood's Baron Trump journeys to Russia and is guided by a character named Don. The tome is called Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey, and you can find it for sale on Amazon. Another Lockwood book, Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulger, is out of stock on Amazon. It was published in 1890.
Lockwood also wrote a book called, 1990: Or, The Last President, which features a controversial political candidate in, you guessed it, New York. Two of the books can be read in full on Archive.org.
All of this has sparked bizarre conspiracy theories on the Internet alleging that the Trump family has the secrets of time travel, with theorists using Trump's uncle, John, and his real-life connection to Nikola Tesla to add heft to the loony charge and casting Lockwood as a newly found literary Nostradamus.
1. One of the Books Sees the Protagonist, Baron Trump, Journeying to 'Arctic Russia'
The Amazon blurb for Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey is pretty jarring by modern standards. "An opening in Arctic Russia conveys Trump into the interior world. He passes through the strange countries of the Transparent Folk and the Rattlebrains among others. Written tongue in cheek, adults will find it amusing, as well as children," it reads. The book was written in 1893.
The opening of the book calls its protagonist "Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp, commonly called Little Baron Trump."
The book reads:
The 'Little Baron,' so called from his diminutive stature, was born some time in the latter part of the seventeenth century.