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Zadock PRATT

(1790-1871)

PRATT, Zadock, a Representative from New York; born in Stephentown, N.Y., October 30, 1790; moved with his parents to Windham (later Jewett), Greene County, in 1802; received a limited schooling; engaged in tanning leather in Greene County, where he established a town called Prattsville; member of the State militia 1819-1823; justice of the peace in 1824; supervisor of the town of Windham in 1827; member of the State senate in 1830; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); elected to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Twenty-eighth Congress); resumed his former business activities; also engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits near Prattsville, Greene County, N.Y.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1852; retired from active business pursuits in 1860; died in Bergen, N.J., on April 6, 1871; interment in the City Cemetery, Prattsville, N.Y.

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

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