John Teele Pratt


John Teele Pratt (December 25, 1873 — June 17, 1927) was an American corporate attorney, philanthropist, music impresario, and financier.[1]

John Teele Pratt
John Teele Pratt in 1919.jpg
Pratt in 1919
Born(1873-12-25)December 25, 1873
DiedJune 17, 1927(1927-06-17) (aged 53)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma materAmherst College
Harvard Law School
OccupationAttorney, philanthropist, financier
(m. 1904)
Children5, including Edwin
Parent(s)Charles Pratt
Mary Helen Richardson
RelativesFrederic Pratt (brother)
George Dupont Pratt (brother)
Herbert Pratt (brother)
Harold Pratt (brother)
Charles Pratt (half-brother)
Robert Thayer (son-in-law)
Paul Nitze (son-in-law)
Andy Pratt (grandson)

Early lifeEdit

Pratt was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 25, 1873. He was one of six children born to industrialist and Standard Oil co-founder Charles Pratt and Mary Helen (née Richardson) Pratt. His siblings included brothers Frederic Bayley Pratt, George Dupont Pratt, Herbert Lee Pratt, and Harold Irving Pratt. From his father's first marriage, he had two half-siblings including Charles Millard Pratt.[1]

After graduating from Amherst College in 1896, he studied at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1900.[1]


He worked as a lawyer for the prestigious firm of Carter and Ledyard at 54 Wall Street in New York.[1]

Pratt became a director in the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, and a trustee in the Pratt Institute which was founded by his father. He was also a partner in the Stock Exchange firm of Grayson M.P. Murphy & Co. and a director of several banks.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Pratt's wife, U.S. Representative from New York, Ruth Baker Pratt, c. 1933

In 1904,[2] Pratt was married to Ruth Sears Baker (1877–1965), a Wellesley College graduate and the daughter of Edwin K. Baker, a Massachusetts dry-goods merchant.[3] In 1929, two years after his eventual death in 1927, Ruth became the first woman elected to the United States Congress from the State of New York.[4] Together, they were the parents of five children:


Pratt died suddenly in his Broadway office on June 17, 1927, aged 53, of heart disease.[1] Thirty six years earlier, his father, Charles Pratt, had died of heart disease in offices at the same address.[1]


In 1910, Pratt and his wife had a brick neo-Georgian mansion, known as "The Manor", designed by architect Charles A. Platt built at their 55-acre Glen Cove estate. In 1913, it was considered by Country Life Magazine to be one of the best twelve country houses in America. The home served as the summer White House for Herbert Hoover.[17] It is now the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center.[18]

The John Teele Pratt residence, at 11 East 61st St. in New York City was purchased by the Pratts, who hired Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert to remodel the 1872 home in April 1907.[19][20] In 1914, Pratt purchased the neighboring homes at 7 and 9 East 61st Street and hired Platt to tear them down and design a new residence.[20]


Through his eldest son John, he was the grandfather of Mary Christy Pratt (1923–1960), who was married to Bayard Cutting Auchincloss (1922–2001), the nephew of U.S. Representative James C. Auchincloss, in 1950.[6][21]

Through his daughter Phyllis, he was the grandfather of William A. Nitze of Washington, DC, the chairman of Oceana Technologies and Clearpath Technologies, who married Ann Kendall Richards, an independent art dealer.[22]

Through his son Edwin, he was the grandfather of singer-songwriter Andy Pratt (b. 1947).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "John Teele Pratt, Financier, is Dead". New York Times. June 18, 1927.
  2. ^ Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Government Printing Office. 2006. p. 95. ISBN 9780160767531. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "PRATT, Ruth Sears Baker - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ Stone, Kurt F. (2010-12-29). The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810877382.
  5. ^ "John T. Pratt Jr., 65, Is Dead; Institute Trustee and Bank Aide". The New York Times. 21 June 1969. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Miss Mary Christy Pratt Engaged to Bayard Cutting Auchincloss". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 10, 1950. p. 45. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ Martin, Douglas (22 August 2006). "Alexander Cushing, 92, Dies; Turned Squaw Valley Into World-Class Skiing Destination". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Deaths | THAYER‐Virginia Pratt". The New York Times. 13 December 1979. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Robert H. Thayer, 82; Ex-Envoy to Rumania". The New York Times. January 29, 1984. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. ^ "MISS VIRGINIA PRATT TO WED ON DEC. 30 Marriage to Robert H. Thayer Will Take Place in St, Bartholomew's Church". The New York Times. 8 December 1926. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  11. ^ "SALLY PRATT REVEALS HER MARRIAGE PLANS; Daughter of Mrs. Ruth B. Pratt, Alderman, and James Jackson Jr. Get a License". The New York Times. January 28, 1928. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  12. ^ "SALLY PRATT WEDS JAMES JACKSON JR.; Married by Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody at Home of Her Mother, Alderman Ruth Pratt. HER SISTER HONOR MAID". The New York Times. 17 February 1928. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  13. ^ "PHYLLIS PRATT NITZE". The New York Times. June 28, 1987. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  14. ^ Berger, Marilyn (21 October 2004). "Paul H. Nitze, Missile Treaty Negotiator and Cold War Strategist, Dies at 97". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Edwin H. B. Pratt". The New York Times. 21 March 1975. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  16. ^ "HEADMASTER APPOINTED; Edwin H. B. Pratt Is Named by the Browne & Nichols School". The New York Times. 12 May 1949. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Pratt Family Homes". January 31, 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Long Island Hotels | The Mansion | The Mansion at Glen Cove". Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  19. ^ L., Zach (November 30, 2011). "The John T. Pratt Residence". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  20. ^ a b Miller, Tom (5 June 2017). "Daytonian in Manhattan: The Lost John T. Pratt Mansion - 7-9 East 61st Street". Daytonian in Manhattan. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  21. ^ "James G. Auchincloss, A Law Student, And Kristin Morris Delafield Are Wed". The New York Times. July 19, 1987. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Jane Kucera and Paul Nitze". The New York Times. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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