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Minna Towner Inglis Fletcher

October 20, 1879 – May 30, 1969

Inglis Fletcher, Democrat, Episcopalian, and the novelist for whom Fletcher Residence Hall was named, was born the eldest of three children in Alton, Illinois to Maruice William and Flora Clark Fletcher. In 1902, she married John George Fletcher. The Fletchers traveled extensively, and the novelist based some of her early writings on the places that she visited, including Alaska and British Central Africa. During World War I, she served as a volunteer with the Red Cross. During this time, she met explorer Vihjalmur Stefansson, whom Fletcher cites as inspiring her to write.

She would not release her first book, The White Leopard, until 1931. She became familiar with North Carolina colonial history while conducting genealogical research on her Tyrell County ancestors. After six years of researching and writing, Fletcher published Raleigh’s Eden, followed by eleven other works in her “Carolina Series.”

In 1944, the Fletchers purchased the Bandon Plantation, near Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. From her home, she immersed herself into the world of North Carolina historic preservation, serving on the boards of the Roanoke Island Historical Association and the Tryon Palace Commission, among others. Mrs. Fletcher donated her oil portrait, painted by North Carolina artist, William C. Fields, to Fletcher Residence Hall and her papers to the East Carolina Manuscripts Collection. She passed away on May 30, 1969, and is buried with her husband in the National Cemetery in Wilmington, New Hanover County.