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Thomas George PRATT

(1804-1869)
Senate Years of Service:
1850-1855; 1855-1857
Party:
Whig; Opposition

PRATT, Thomas George, a Senator from Maryland; born in Georgetown, Md. (now a part of Washington, D.C.), February 18, 1804; completed preparatory studies and attended the Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 1823; member, State house of delegates 1832-1835; Whig presidential elector in 1836; appointed president of the executive council 1836; member, State senate 1838-1843; Governor of Maryland 1845-1848; moved to Annapolis, Md., in 1848 and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate in 1849 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Reverdy Johnson; reelected in 1851 and served from January 12, 1850, to March 3, 1857; moved to Baltimore, Md., in 1864 and again resumed the practice of his profession; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1867; died in Baltimore, Md., November 9, 1869; interment in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Annapolis, Md.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Magruder, Caleb Clarke, Jr. Thomas George Pratt, Governor of Maryland, 1845-1848; United States Senator, 1850-1857. Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1913.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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