PRATT, Thomas George (1804-1869)

PRATT, THOMAS GEORGE, a Senator from Maryland; born in Georgetown, Md. (now a part of Washington, D.C.), February 18, 1804; completed preparatory studies and attended the Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 1823; member, State house of delegates 1832-1835; Whig presidential elector in 1836; appointed president of the executive council 1836; member, State senate 1838-1843; Governor of Maryland 1845-1848; moved to Annapolis, Md., in 1848 and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate in 1849 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Reverdy Johnson; reelected in 1851 and served from January 12, 1850, to March 3, 1857; moved to Baltimore, Md., in 1864 and again resumed the practice of his profession; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1867; died in Baltimore, Md., November 9, 1869; interment in St. Anne's Cemetery, Annapolis, Md.

Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: 1 letter (1848) in Greenway collection.

Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the George Gale collection.

University of Maryland
Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 items (1844-1856) in Maryland manuscripts collection. Includes printed letter to Whigs of Maryland and orders for goods. Also correspondence in Baltimore Club records.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: In Preston family papers.

  • Magruder, Caleb Clarke, Jr. Thomas George Pratt, Governor of Maryland, 1845-1848; United States Senator, 1850-1857. Baltimore: Waverley Press, 1913.