PRATT, Zadock [1790-1871] -- American legislator, etc., Col.
He was a man of many talents.
One wonders how he found time for it all!
As a Congressman, he pushed for various legislation:
- Reduce the cost of postage from $.25 to $.05 in 1838.
- Create the Bureau of Engraving and Patents.
- Construct public buildings in Washington, DC, of marble or granite, not sandstone.
- Construct the Dry Dock in Brooklyn.
- Initiate first survey for the Transcontinental Railroad 1844.
- While in Congress he began a movement to complete the Washington Monument, and he also started a practice of hanging the Presidential Portraits in the Rotunda.
|Working at tanning in his father's yard|
|Was one of the passengers on board the Fulton, the first steamboat that navigated the North River.|
|Commenced business on his own account|
|Made 100,000 oars and had them shipped to New York City|
|Joined the Masons|
|Married Beda Dickerman|
|Elected captain in 5th Regt. NY State Artilliary|
|Present at LaFayette's landing|
|Located and began to build on the SchoharieKill, later Prattsville|
|Laid out the village of Prattsville|
|Began to build his great tannery|
|Mansion house built, many trees planted|
|Resigned his commission as colonel of 116th regiment|
|Elected supervisor of the town of Windham|
|Married wife #3 (Abigail Watson)|
|Elected to NY State Senate|
|Town of Prattsville set off from Windham; pop. 500|
|Married wife #4 (Mary Watson)|
|Elected Representative in Congress from 8th Cong. District|
|Built 130' bridge over SchoharieKill|
|Elected Representative in Congress from 11th Cong. District|
|Established Prattsville Bank|
|Elected president of Greene County Agricultural Society|
|Moved the survey of a railroad route from the Mississippi to the Pacific|
|Was aboard the Princeton when its great gun exploded, with much loss of life|
|Congress adjourns; in 5 sessions, Pratt was never absent one day|
|Proposes a "World's Convention" at New York City for 1852 (Sciam 5:34 p.266)|
|Appointed a delegate to the World's Fair by the Mechanic's Institute in NYC|
|Witnessed Estrampes garrotted at Havana for high treason|
|Elected a member of the American Institute|
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- Railroads by Z. Pratt; The United States Democratic review / 21:112, pp. 338-344
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