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Francis A. Pratt

AKA Francis Ashbury Pratt

Born: 15-Feb-1827
Birthplace: Woodstock, VT
Died: 10-Feb-1902
Location of death: Hartford, CT
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Engineer, Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of Pratt & Whitney

Co-founded Pratt & Whitney, with Amos Whitney. Pratt's numerous inventions include a metal-planing machine (1869) and a gear-cutting machine (1884). The company pioneered the "batch and queue" system of mass production, made precision tools for making guns and sewing machines, and is best known now for aircraft engines and precision instruments.

Father: Nathaniel M. Pratt (tanner, b. 1800)
Wife: Harriet E. Cole (m. 31-Oct-1850, eight children, five died in childhood)
Daughter: Carrie Louise Pratt Spalding
Son: Melvin Pratt (b. 1857, d. 1883)

    Pratt & Whitney Co-Founder & President (1860-87)
    Phoenix Iron Works Plant Superintendent (1854-61)
    Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co. Machinist (1852-54)
    Gloucester Machine Works Machinist (1848-52)
    Freemasonry
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    English Ancestry


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