Biography of George E. Pratt
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Pratt, George E., born in Colchester, Conn., January 3, 1820, removed with his parents to Dix, Schuyler County, N. Y., in 1829. His father, Daniel R., a mannfacturer of woolen fabrics at Colehester, failed in business by reason of the enactment of greatly diminished duties on woolen goods. He became a farmer on his removal to Dix, and George E. was reared on the farm until twenty one years old, when he read law for about a year in the office of Gray & Hathaway at Elmira, but gave it up on account of his father's decease in October, 1843. His mother being left alone it was decided that George E. should live on the farm with her. October 7, 1844, he married Lavina M., oldest daughter of Daniel S. and Sally Buck, of Catlin, by whom he has had three children, of whom one son and one daughter survive: Arthur, born June 22, 1851, a book keeper, and Irene, born April 18, 1860, who resides with her parents. In the fall of 1848 he left the farm and removed to Elmira, and there obtained a situa tion and five shares of the stock of the Elmira Woolen Manufacturing Company, established that year and conducted by his brothers, Daniel and Ransom Pratt. He worked for this company about eight years, during which time he purchased some law books, and while still employed in the factory resumed the study of the law and was admitted to the bar at Delhi, N. Y., July 9, 1856. In the spring of 1857 he removed to Sparta, Wis., where he practiced law twelve years. He held the office of county judge from 1862 to 1867, when he resigned, having been elected district attorney, which office he held till 1869, when he returned to Elmira. Since that time he has been engaged for about three years in the wholesale hardware business with his brother Daniel and F. A. Stowell, about five years in the practice of law and has held the office of recorder four years from 1878 to 1882. Since 1882 he has not been engaged in any business. The Pratt family came from England to Cambridge, Mass., in about 1633. From Cambridge, on account of a difference of religious opinions between Rev. Thomas Hooker and other ministers in Boston and vicinity, Mr. Pratt and about 100 other persons, including John and William Pratt, removed to Hartford, Conn., in June, 1636. Joseph, a descendant of John in the second generation, removed to Colchester in 1700. Daniel was a family name and Daniel R. Pratt (the fourth Daniel), father of E., F., was born in Colchester and married Mary R. Pratt, by whom he had six children, George E. at this time being the sole survivor.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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