Biography of Edward E. Pruitt
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EDWARD E. PRUITT.

Edward E. Pruitt, a well known attorney of Delphi, Indiana, former prosecuting attorney of the thirty ninth judicial circuit, one time member of the Indiana Legislature, and city attorney of Delphi since 1907, is a native of Carroll county, born on September 17, 1866, in Burlington township.

He is a son of William A. and Maria A. (Timmons) Pruitt, who were natives of Indiana. They had seven children: Drilla, deceased, was the wife of Dr. Henry Carter, of Bringhurst; Ella is the wife of Dr. Lewis Shirrar, of Flora, Indiana; Edward E. is the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth is the wife of Fred O'Haver, a telegraph operator of Garrett, Indiana; Lola is the wife of William Bracknell, of Newcastle, Indiana; Charles W. is deceased, and Grace is the wife of James Evilsizer, of Wellsboro, Indiana. William A. Pruitt, father of these children, was reared in Canal! county and for forty years has been an auctioneer and has practiced law. He resides in Flora, Indiana, where his first wife died on March I, 1895, at the age of fifty five years. She was a devout member of the Disciples church. William A. Pruitt is a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the Twenty fourth Indiana Battery for a little more than three years. At times he has served as justice of the peace. After the death of his first wife, he was married to Rosa Jones.

Mr. Pruitt's paternal grandfather was Pleasant Pruitt, who was a native of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in Carroll county. He and his wife, also a native of Pennsylvania, spent much of their time, however, in Howard county, being farmers by occupation. The grandfather died in Flora, Indiana, at the age of seventy two years; his wife died early in life. William A. was the only child born to this marriage. After the death of his first wife, Pleasant Pruitt married again and by the second marriage had three sons, Sampson, Harry and Joseph. Mr. Pruitt's maternal grandparents were natives of Ohio and pioneers in Burlington township, Carroll county, Indiana. Their children included, Elizabeth J. Leeka, of Fairmount, Illinois; Sarah Aylsworth, William R. Timmons, Ezekiel John, Maria A. Pruitt and Cyrus Timmons.

Born on the little farm of forty acres owned by his father near the town of Darwin, Edward E. Pruitt moved with his parents into the town of Darwin, where the father ran a small store for a time. Later, the father took up auctioneering. Edward E. Pruitt grew to manhood in Darwin, attending the country schools and the public schools at Burlington. He taught school for seven years and, during the last four years in the school room, studied law preparatory to attending law school. Subsequently, he was a student of law in the office of Odell & Ryan and graduated from the law department of Indiana University in 1893, but was admitted to the bar one year previously, in 1892. From 1893 to 1895 he practiced his profession at Flora, but in February, 1895, he removed to Delphi and has practiced here ever since.

Mr. Pruitt served two terms as prosecuting attorney in the thirty ninth judicial district and was a member of the Indiana Legislature during the session of 1905. Two years later he was elected as city attorney of Delphi, an office which he still holds. During the past three years, he has also been attorney for the town of Camden.

Politically, Mr. Pruitt is identified with the Republican party and has been prominent in the councils of his party for many years. He is a member of Mount Olive Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons, Delphi Lodge No. 8o, Knights of Pythias, and of the uniform rank, of the latter order. When Fountain City Lodge, Knights of Pythias, was organized at Flora, Mr. Pruitt was a charter member, but, after removing to Delphi, dimitted his membership to the county seat lodge. Mr. Pruitt is well known in Carroll county, enjoys a good reputation as a lawyer and ranks high as a citizen and man.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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