PRATT, Daniel Darwin (1813-1877)

PRATT, DANIEL DARWIN, a Senator from Indiana; born in Palermo, Maine, October 26, 1813; moved to New York with his parents, who settled in Fenner, Madison County; attended the public schools and Cazenovia Seminary; graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1831; moved to Indiana in 1832 and taught school; settled in Indianapolis in 1834 and was employed in the office of the secretary of State; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Logansport, Ind., in 1836; member, State house of representatives in 1851, 1853; elected in 1868 as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress but resigned January 27, 1869, before the beginning of the congressional term, having been elected to the United States Senate; served as a Republican in the Senate from March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1875; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses); appointed by President Ulysses Grant as Commissioner of Internal Revenue 1875-1876; died in Logansport, Cass County, Ind., June 17, 1877; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1852-1873. 36 letters and 2 speeches.
Additional Papers: In Henry Smith Lane papers, 1788-1936; Calvin Fletcher papers, 1817-1917; Dean family papers, 1799-1920; James Clifford Veatch papers, 1843-1895; Albert G. Porter collection, 1759-1942; and Charles Lanman collection, 1828-1869.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1832-1877. 20,000 items. Chiefly political correspondence, legal papers, and materials relating to railroads. Also miscellaneous items in various collections and photographs.

  • Holliday, Joseph E. "Daniel D. Pratt: Lawyer and Legislator." Indiana Magazine of History 57 (June 1961): 99-126.
  • Holliday, Joseph E. "Daniel D. Pratt: Senator and Commissioner." Indiana History 58 (March 1962): 17-51.