James T. Pratt

James Timothy Pratt ( born December 14, 1802 in Cromwell, Connecticut, † April 11, 1887 in Wethersfield, Connecticut ) was an American politician. From 1853 to 1855 he represented the first electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Pratt attended the public schools of his home. He then became active in Hartford in trade and agriculture. Since 1820 he was also a member of the cavalry in the militia of Connecticut. He went on to 1846 to major general. He was also in 1846, as adjutant general in the corporate office of this military unit. Between 1826 and 1829 he was mayor of Hartford. In 1846, Pratt moved to Rocky Hill.

Politically, Pratt was a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1847, 1848 and 1850, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut. In 1852 he sat in the state Senate. In the congressional elections of 1852 he was in the first district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1853, the successor of Charles Chapman of the Whig party. But since he lost to Ezra Clark at the next elections in 1854, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1855.

In the years 1857 and 1862 Pratt was again elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut. 1858 and 1859 failed two candidates for the office of governor. In the spring of 1861 he was a member of a peace conference, which sought to prevent the outbreak of civil war in Washington unsuccessful. In the following years James Pratt was again engaged in farming. From 1870 to 1871 he was again a deputy in the State Parliament. He died in April 1887 in Wethersfield, and was buried in Middletown.