Le Gage Pratt
Le Gage Pratt
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Jersey's 8th district
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909
|Preceded by||William H. Wiley|
|Succeeded by||William H. Wiley|
|Born||December 14, 1852|
|Died||March 9, 1911 (aged 58)|
Newark, New Jersey
Born in Sterling, Massachusetts, Pratt was educated in the common schools. In 1869 entered upon a commercial career in Boston. He subsequently moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois. He engaged in newspaper work in Chicago 1884-1886. He was employed for several years in the life insurance business in Texas. He was subsequently transferred to Illinois and Minnesota and continued in this business. In 1897 tendered his resignation and moved to East Orange, New Jersey, and in 1903 accepted a position with the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company at Newark, New Jersey, being elected vice president, which office he held until elected to Congress.
Pratt was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909). While in office, he investigated allegations of kickbacks during the construction of the Panama Canal. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress. He resumed the insurance business and became connected with the Puritan Life Insurance Co., of Providence, Rhode Island. He died in Newark, New Jersey, March 9, 1911. He was interred in Fairmount Cemetery in Newark.
- United States Congress. "Le Gage Pratt (id: P000504)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "Personal". The Weekly Underwriter. 77: 153. August 31, 1907. Retrieved 25 October 2016.