Frederic B. Pratt
Frederic Bayley Pratt (22 February 1865 – 3 May 1945) was an American heir, the president of the board of trustees of Brooklyn's Pratt Institute for 44 years, from 1893 to 1937, and president of the United States Olympic Committee in 1910.
In 1893, he was elected president of the board of Pratt Institute, taking over from his elder brother, Charles Millard Pratt. Because Charles Pratt Sr died so soon after the college was founded, Frederic Pratt is ascribed with guiding the college through its early decades. He remained in this post for 44 years, when the title passed to his son Charles.
On 17 October 1889, he married Caroline Ames Ladd (3 September 1861, Portland OR - 12 June 1946, Glen Cove), the daughter of William Ladd and Caroline Elliott.
They had three children:
- Charles Pratt (1892- ), President of the Board of Pratt Institute from 1937-1953
- Mary Caroline Pratt (1895-1980) who married Christian Herter, Governor of Massachusetts (1953-1956), and Secretary of State (1959-1961).
- Helen Ladd Pratt (1899-1972)
Pratt's family home at 229 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, was designed by noted New York architect Henry F. Kilburn. It was originally known as the "Frederic B. Pratt House" (it is now known as the Caroline Ladd Pratt House). It was completed in 1898 in a neo-Georgian style. It was given to the Pratt Institute
Pratt died in 1945 at the family home in Glen Cove, aged 80, of a heart ailment.