Henry Otis Pratt


Henry Pratt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th district
In office
Preceded byMadison M. Walden
Succeeded byNathaniel C. Deering
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Henry Otis Pratt

February 11, 1838
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, U.S.
DiedMay 22, 1931 (aged 93)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationHarvard University (LLB)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Unit37th Iowa Infantry Regiment

Henry Otis Pratt (February 11, 1838 – May 22, 1931) was an American lawyer, Methodist Episcopal minister, and two-term Republican U.S. representative from Iowa's 4th congressional district.

Early life and education

Born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Pratt attended the common schools and Foxcroft Academy. He later graduated from Harvard Law School.


After graduating from law schoo, Pratt moved to Charles City, Iowa, in 1862 and taught school. He was admitted to the bar in Mason City, Iowa, in 1862, but his commencement of practice was delayed by the Civil War.

He enlisted in the Union Army in August 1862 and served in Company B of the 37th Iowa Infantry Regiment, until March 1863, when he was discharged at Fort Pillow in Henning, Tennessee due to the measles.[1] He commenced the practice of law in Charles City, Iowa, in 1864. He was a captain.[2] He was the county superintendent of public schools of Floyd County, Iowa in 1868 and 1869. He served one term as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872.

In 1872, Pratt was elected as a Republican to represent Iowa's 4th congressional district in the 43rd United States Congress. He was re-elected two years later, and served in the 44th United States Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876. He served in Congress from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1877.

Returning to Iowa, he served as president of the 1877 Republican State Convention. After studying for the ministry, he was ordained and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in October 1877. He continued his ministerial duties until retired on account of age in October 1918.


He died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 22, 1931. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Former Congressman, Veteran Minister And Teacher Is 93 Today; Is Widely Known", The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette and Republican, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, volume 49, number 33, February 11, 1931, page 13.
  2. ^ "Notable Iowan Passes", Rock Valley Bee, Rock Valley, Iowa, volume 43, number 36, June 12, 1931, page 4.
  • United States Congress. "Henry Otis Pratt (id: P000501)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Preceded by U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Iowa District
Succeeded by

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