Pratt, J. H., was born in the village of Groton, September 11, 1844. His father, Geo. D. Pratt, settled in the
village of Groton and established a harness, trunks, robes, etc., business about 1839. Ten years later, in March,
1849, he removed to the village of Dryden, and carried on the same business, assisted by his son, who succeeds
him. About 1840 Geo. D. Pratt married Betsey M. Foster, daughter of Aaron Foster, who came to Dryden near 1830
and located at Willow Glen on the farm which be afterwards sold to John McGraw. Aaron Foster was connected with
and carried on the flour and saw mills located at Willow Glen. Our subject was educated at the common schools,
finishing at the Dryden Academy. At the age of thirty eight he married. Mary F. Hurd, daughter of Denison Hurd,
of Ithaca, and they are the parents of one daughter, Betsey L. Pratt. In politics he takes the Republican side.
He has been president of the village and is now treasurer. He is the leading man in his business of fine hand made
harness, wagons, sleighs, robes, etc. A brother of our subject, Hail F. Pratt, is associated with him in business.
Another brother, George F., is a farmer of the town of Caroline.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
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Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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