'Little Baron Trump' Author Also Wrote Book About Capitol Attack That Ends Republic

Ingersoll Lockwood was a 19th-century American lawyer, writer and novelist whose works were obscure until they won renewed attention in 2017 because of his books' apparent similarities to current events.

His 1896 novel 1900, or, The Last President has become the focus of renewed attention online following the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6 because its closing pages describe a similar event.

The story follows a president from New York and even mentions a "Fifth Avenue Hotel" in the city near where Trump Tower now stands. Fifth Avenue was a famous address even then.

Two of Lockwood's other books, The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulgar and Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey feature a character named Baron Trump (the president's youngest son is named Barron) who travels to Russia and meets a man called Don Fum.

However, in this case, both baron and don are titles, not personal names.

In The Last President, the president is a populist who won the 1896 election and eventually leads to the downfall of the republic. As Twitter user Ava Collins pointed out on January 12, Lockwood wrote about an artillery attack that "shook the Capitol to its very foundations."

Just read the last chapters of “The Last President***Travels & Adventures of Little Baron Trump” by Ingersoll Lockwood and yeah that’s some time traveling shit for sure, too much coincidence pic.twitter.com/3f5mV6f5CW

— Ava Collins (@simplesthing) January 12, 2021

The attack, which leaves the dome of the Capitol destroyed, takes place as Congress is attempting to pass an act that would extend the U.S. pension system to Confederate soldiers.

Lockwood's fictional bill is so controversial that it leads to huge crowds marching on Washington.

At one point, Lockwood has the president enter the House chamber, and the Speaker insists he leaves, saying "The President must withdraw [...] his presence here is a menace to our free deliberation."

"The president was led away, and the Republican Senators and Representatives passed slowly out of the disfigured Capitol, while the tellers prepared to take the vote of the House," Lockwood wrote later in the chapter.

The book describes a "surging mass of humanity that held the Capitol girt round and round", reminiscent of scenes at the Capitol as rioters entered the building during the final stages of ratifying the 2020 election.

The story concludes with the suggestion that a second civil war has begun and says "the Republic of Washington was no more."

The Last President can be read almost in its entirety at the Library of Congress' website and a quick perusal of the last few pages shows some parallels with recent events in Washington as members of Congress fiercely debate. There's also a Republican minority.

Lockwood died in 1918. The similarity between his novels and current events is simply a series of bizarre coincidences that have sometimes been exaggerated.

Concertina Razor Wire at the U.S. Capitol
Concertina razor wire tops the 8-foot 'non-scalable' fence that surrounds the U.S. Capitol the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. An 1896 novel described scenes not unlike recent events at the Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images