Biography of Henry W. Pratt
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Pratt, Henry W., Waddington, was born in Waddington, January 19, 1817. His father, Amasa Pratt, was a son of Capt. Elias Pratt, who commanded a company of volunteer militia during the Revolutionary War, and served until peace was declared, Captain Elias was born November 16, 1763, at Oxford, Mass., his father having come from England at a very early day. Amasa Pratt was born in Oxford,, May 7, 1787. He spent his youth in Worcester county, Mass., where he learned the hatter's trade. Coming to Ogdensburg he worked at his trade for Sylvester Gilbert. In 1810 he removed to Hamilton, now Waddington, and engaged in the mercantile business in connection with his former trade. June 12, 1814, he married Fannie Conner, daughter of James Connor of Amsterdam, N. Y. She was born October 18, 1793, and they had five children: Emmeline J., Henry W., Miriam, Amass and Eleanor, Three of them are living: Emmeline J. of Waddington; Eleanor, wife of W. L. Rutherford of Wadcington; and Henry W. Mr. Pratt was lieutenant in the State militia, and was a member of the first Masonic lodge in Madrid. He died May 27, 1830, and his wife April 11, 1873. Henry W. Pratt received his edacation in the common schools at Waddington, and at sixteen years of age went to Ogdensburg and learned the hatter's trade, serving four years with Field & Robbins. He returned to Waddington and engaged in his trade, which he abandoned after two years, when he lost his right arm while firing a salute on Washington's birthday, 1839. Mr. Pratt served three years as deputy sheriff of St. Lawrence county, was postmaster under William H. Harrison and Fillmore, and was justice of the peace fifteen years. He has also been a member of the town board several years, and of the board of education, in which latter he has always been deeply interested, At the breaking out of the Rebellion Mr. Pratt took an active part in recruiting volunteers to fill the quotas of his town. Tn 1877 he was appointed collector of customs and inspector at Waddington port, which position he held nine years. He was at one time a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1852 he married Sylvia A. Pratt, daughter of John M. Pratt of Dudley, Mass, and of English descent. Mrs. Pratt has been for many years a member of the Presbyterian church, and especially interested in Sabbath school work.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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