George Dupont Pratt

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George Dupont Pratt

Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Pratt and Mary Helen Pratt
Husband of Helen Deming Pratt and Vera Dershire Amerherst Hale Pratt Sherman
Father of George Dupont Pratt, Jr.; Sherman Pratt; Eliot Deming Pratt; Constance Pratt and Dorothy Deming Pratt
Brother of Frederic Bayley Pratt; Helen Pratt; Herbert Lee Pratt; John Teele Pratt and Harold Irving Pratt
Half brother of Charles Millard Pratt and Lydia Richardson Babbott

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About George Dupont Pratt

George Dupont Pratt was a conservationist, philanthropist, Boy Scout sponsor, big-game hunter and collector of ancient antiquities.

Pratt was born in Brooklyn, NY, the third son of Standard Oil magnate Charles Pratt and Mary Helen Richardson. He was brother to Frederic B. Pratt, Herbert L. Pratt, John Teele Pratt and Harold I. Pratt; and half-brother to Charles Millard Pratt.

He graduated from Amherst College in 1893. While at Amherst, he was a member of the track team and easily won the NEIAA Championship at Worcester, May 28, 1890. In the NEIAA Championship of 1892, he set a new record in the two mile bicycle race.

Pratt was also quarterback for the football team. The 1892 team, which he captained, is considered “the greatest football team of which Amherst can boast”. They played thirteen games, all with other college teams, won 8 and lost 5, scored 314 to opponents 141. On November 18, 1892, Amherst beat Williams on Weston Field at Williamstown, 60-0. Pratt kicked ten goals from almost every angle of the field, most of them against the wind. This record still stands today as the best goal-kicking exhibition of any Amherst player in a major game.

He worked for the Long Island Rail Road for many years, ending as assistant to the president and superintendent of ferries.

In 1910, he helped organize the Boy Scouts of America and served as Treasurer.

As an early member of the Camp Fire Club he became interested in conservation and for 25 years served on its committee on conservation. He was Conservation Commissioner of New York from 1915 to 1921.

Pratt was a trustee of Amherst College, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum, vice president of the Pratt Institute, and president of the American Forestry Association.

His house "Killenworth" at Glen Cove was one of the larger Pratt family mansions, built in 1913 in a Tudor style, with 39 panelled rooms, thirteen bathrooms, twelve fireplaces, five cellars, a swimming pool, and flower beds tended by 50 gardeners. It was designed by Trowbridge and Ackerman. By the 1950's it was purchased by the then Soviet Union to serve as the retreat for the Russian delegation to the United Nations.

He married Helen Deming Sherman, the great granddaughter of American founding father Roger Sherman; her sister Gertrude Mary (Sherman) Trowbridge was the grandmother of US Secretary of Commerce Alexander Buel Trowbridge, who was also an executive in the Rockefeller/Pratt oil business.

Pratt died at home in Glen Cove on 20 January, 1935.

Pratt's son, Sherman Pratt was an explorer, and joint founder of Marineland of Florida, the world's first oceanarium.

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George Dupont Pratt's Timeline

August 16, 1869
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United States
May 1, 1898
Age 28
Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
March 22, 1900
Age 30
Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
August 25, 1903
Age 34
Glen Cove, Nassau Co., New York
June 2, 1906
Age 36
Glen Cove, Nassau Co., New York
November 1, 1909
Age 40
Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
January 20, 1935
Age 65
Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, United States