Robert Pratt (mayor)

Robert Pratt (December 12, 1845 – August 8, 1908) was an educator and the 18th mayor of Minneapolis. Pratt was born in Brandon, Vermont in 1845. During the American Civil War he served with the 5th Vermont Infantry. Shortly after the war, he relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he served as an alderman, member of the park board, and longtime member of the Board of Education. He was also elected mayor in 1894 and re-elected in 1896.[1] Pratt died on August 8, 1908. He is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.[2][3]

Robert Pratt
18th Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
January 7, 1895  January 2, 1899
Preceded byWilliam H. Eustis
Succeeded byJames Gray
Personal details
BornDecember 12, 1845
Brandon, Vermont
DiedAugust 8, 1908(1908-08-08) (aged 62)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Resting placeLakewood Cemetery
44°56′11″N 93°17′56″W
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Irene D. Lamoneaux (1871-1901; her death)
MotherSarah Harkness
FatherSidney Wright Pratt
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1861 – 1865
Rank Captain
CommandsCompany F, 5th VVI
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Pratt School in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis is named after his son, Sidney Pratt, who was killed in the Spanish–American War.[4]

Electoral history

  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1894
    • Robert Pratt 19,666
    • Louis R. Thian 15,343
    • Henry J.O. Reed 4,325
    • Robert H. Hasty 512
  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1896
    • Robert Pratt 25,401
    • Alexander Thompson Ankeny 16,610
    • Milton O. Nelson 821
    • Elbert E. Stevens 591


  1. "Career of Robert Pratt". Minnesota Election Trends Project.
  2. Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Minneapolis. 1908. p. 569.
  3. "Robert Pratt (1845-1908)". Find A Grave.
  4. "Pratt Elementary School". Prospect Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Eustis
Mayor of Minneapolis
1895 – 1899
Succeeded by
James Gray
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