REV. LEWELLYN PRATT, D.D., NORWICH: Pastor Broadway Congregational Church.
The subject of this sketch was born in Saybrook (now Essex), in this state, August 8, 1832. In his youth he was
a pupil at Essex and Durham Academies, and was afterward graduated at Williams College. He was ordained to the
ministry by the Philadelphia Presbytery in 1864. For several years he was professor in the National Deaf Mute College
of Washington, D.C., and of Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., preaching more or less while serving as professor; for
some time at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church of Washington, and for two years at the second Presbyterian
Church of Galesburg. In 1870 the Congregational Church of North Adams called him to its pastorate, where he labored
with marked success, until Williams College, his alma mater, invited him to the professorship of rhetoric. Thence,
in 1880, he was called to the chair of practical theology in the Hartford Theological Seminary, where he remained
until the spring of 1888, resigning to accept the pastorate of the Broadway Congregational Church of Norwich, Conn.,
where he continues to labor with great acceptance. Not inappropriately he might still carry the title of "Professor
of Practical Theology," for in all departments of church work he is eminently practical, not only finding
time to attend to the many duties of his own church and various calls for occasional sermons and addresses, but
also co operates, or rather leads, in many movements of reform, being identified with the charities and reforms
of his own city and state, rendering valuable service by his wisdom and tact, and exercising in them all a thorough
catholicity of spirit. The church over which he is pastor, through its commanding influence, contributes to his
strength; it being_ not only the largest Protestant church of Norwich, but in a sense the representative church
of that half of Connecticut lying east of the river.
The secret of Professor Pratt's success as an educator and preacher lies not in the predominance of one talent,
but rather in a rare and happy combination of gifts. A commanding presence, genial disposition, thoroughness and
tact, yet withal a becoming modesty, unite to form in him a well rounded man. As an educator, his broad and accurate
knowledge led the students to have confidence in him, while his genial bearing gave them confidence in themselves.
If possible, he was even more to the students outside than within the classroom, a friend and counsellor to whom
they naturally came with their troubles. Not unnaturally many of these former pupils continue to turn to him for
counsel, while the institutions with which he has been connected have shown their appreciation of his talents -
Williams College, by conferring upon him the degree of D.D. in 1877, and later by electing him a trustee; and Hartford
Theological Seminary, by electing him to the same office. The latter of these he continues to fill. As a preacher,
he masters his subject, covers thoroughly all the ground, gets at and gives the kernel. The analysis is correct,
delivery easy and forceful, the voice clear and resonant, and the manner full of earnestness. His delightful social
accomplishments, too, are an important auxiliary to his professional success; as the influences which attend companionship
with the cultured and refined are conceded to be among the most fascinating and powerful that can be exerted.
Professor Pratt was married early in life to Miss Sarah Putnam Gulliver. They have one son, Waldo S Pratt, A.M.,
professor of music and hymnology in the Hartford Theological Seminary.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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