Pratt, Lorin G.

Born: 1828-12-05 Binghamton, New York

Died: 1881-09-23 Chicago, Illinois

Flourished: 1854-09-28 Peoria, Illinois

Lorin G. Pratt was a teacher, lawyer, and a merchant. He moved to Illinois by 1851, when he married Mary E. Ireson on July 9, 1851. The couple had two daughters, Clara and Nellie. The couple settled in Peoria, where Pratt taught school for a few months before studying law. He was admitted to the bar and entered into a law partnership with Judge Norman H. Purple, a partnership that lasted about fifteen years. Pratt joined the National Blues, a volunteer infantry company in Peoria, in 1856 and supported the Whig Party. In 1860, Pratt owned $20,000 in real estate and $5,000 in personal estate value. Ill health forced Pratt to relinquish his law practice and he engaged in the mercantile business for a short time. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois, and resumed practicing law.

Gravestone, Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum, Peoria, IL; U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925 (Lehi, UT: Operations, 2007); Illinois, U.S., County Marriages, 1800-1940, 9 July 1851, Peoria County (Lehi, UT: Operations, 2016); The History of Peoria County Illinois (Chicago: Johnson, 1880), 515; Petition of Jonathan K. Cooper and Others to Abraham Lincoln; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 2, Peoria, Peoria County, IL, 98; The Chicago Daily Tribune (IL), 24 September 1881, 6:7; 3 October 1881, 10:1.