- Thaddeus Russell
Pratt, Charles (02 October 1830–04 May 1891), businessman and philanthropist, was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, the son of Asa Pratt, a cabinet maker, and Elizabeth Stone. Because of his mother’s poor health, when he was still a child Pratt was forced to work to support the family and help care for his ten siblings. At age ten he worked on a nearby farm while attending school. When he was thirteen he took a job in a grocery store in Boston. A year later he worked as a machinist’s apprentice in Newton, Massachusetts. He used his savings from these jobs to enroll at Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and he studied there for three years. In 1849 Pratt began work as a clerk in a paint and oil store in Boston....