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PRATT, Charles, philanthropist, born in Watertown, Massachusetts, 2 October, 1830. He was educated at the Wilbraham academy, and in 1850 came to New York city, where he engaged in the oil and paint business. In 1867 he established the firm of Charles Pratt and Co., which has since been merged into the Standard oil company, of which he is an officer. Mr. Pratt has taken great interest in educational matters, and has founded in Brooklyn the Pratt industrial institute. This receives its support from the Astral flats, which were built by him, and conveyed to the institute.
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