Ingraham, Prentiss

Ingraham, Prentiss

(1843–1904) writer; born in Adams County, Miss. He studied at Jefferson College (Miss.) and at Mobile Medical College. After service with the Confederate army in the Civil War, he became a soldier of fortune in Mexico, Austria, Crete, Africa, and Cuba. He became a writer of popular historical "dime novels" for the Beadle series; he also wrote plays, short stories, and poetry. He was best known for writing a highly romantic biography of his friend, William Cody, that created his reputation as "Buffalo Bill." At various intervals he lived in London, New York City, and Chicago.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.