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INGRAHAM, Joseph Holt, clergyman, born in Portland, Maine, in 1809; died at Holly Springs, Mississippi, in December, 1860. He went to sea. before the mast, and saw service in one of the South American revolutions. After his return he received a collegiate education, began to write for publication before he was twenty years of age, and became professor of languages in Jefferson college, near Natchez, Mississippi In 1836 he published "The Southwest, by a Yankee." Subsequently he produced in rapid succession a series of romances of wild adventure, such as "Lafitte, or the Pirate of the Gulf" (New York), some of which had a large circulation. He published also a volume called "The American Lounger." In 1855 he took orders in the P. E. church, and was rector of a parish and of St. Thomas's hall, a school for boys, in Holly Springs, Mississippi After he became a clergyman he published religious romances bearing the titles "The Prince of the House of David, or Three Years in the Holy City" (New York, 1855}; "The Pillar of Fire, or Israel in Bondage" (1859); and "The Throne of David, from the Consecration of the Shepherd of Bethlehem to the Rebellion of Prince Absalom " (Philadelphia., 1860).--His son, Prentiss, soldier, born near Natchez, Mississippi, 28 December, 1843, was educated at Jefferson college, Mississippi he served as a colonel in the Confederate army, and was wounded and taken prisoner at the siege of Port Hudson. After the close of the civil war he went to Mexico and joined the army of Juarez. He afterward saw service in Austria. Crete, and Africa and began a literary career in London, but on his return to the United States took part in 1869 in the attempted revolution in Cuba, went out on the "Hornet," and ran the blockade several times. He published sketches, poems, and serial stories, producing a great number of novels and novelettes.
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