Niagara County

1897 Biography - Rufus W. Pratt

Pratt, Rufus W., was born in Wilson December 12, 1833, a son of Josiah and Annie (Lutts) Pratt. Josiah Pratt was born in Massachusetts and in 1817 came to Porter with Peter Tower, a cousin of his, and he died in Wilson; his wife, Annie, was a daughter of Michael Lutts, and was born in Porter and died in 1856, aged fifty-four years. Rufus W. Pratt was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. He spent a short time West, and six years at Suspension Bridge in the custom house office, but is now a farmer. He is a Republican and was constable three years. December 12, 1861, he married Hannah M., daughter of Thomas Barnes, and they had two daughters, Annie E., wife of Parker Corwin, and Martha M., at home. Martha M. was educated at Suspension Bridge and Albany Normal School; Annie E. was educated at a convent in Lockport. Mr. Pratt is a member of the A. O. U. W. He is not an aspirant to office, but has taken an active part in politics and represented his party in conventions and has been on jury many times in county court.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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