John Francis Pratt,
retired Commander of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, died in Seattle,
at 11 o'clock on the night of December 5. He was born on June
Receiving his early education in Vermont public schools, he
attended Kimball Union Academy and Dartmouth College, graduating
from the latter with the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1871
and immediately entering the service of the survey as assistant
in field work, first in the Eastern and Southern States and
later in the western part of the United States.
From 1884 to 1895 he was in charge of parties engaged in triangulation,
topography, hydrography, and astronomical and magnetic observations
in the Eastern and Western States and along the Alaskan boundary.
In 1896 he was transferred to the Washington staff as Chief
of the Instrument Division and 2 years later put in command
of the PATTERSON, engaging in hydrographic and magnetic work
in California, Alaska, and the Hawaiian Islands. He was given
command of the PATHFINDER in 1908, engaged in work in the Philippines.
He also commanded the Brigantine GALLILEE in 1905 while engaged
in the first magnetic cruise of the Pacific, under the Carnegie
Institution of Washington. Commander Pratt was in charge of
the Seattle field station from 1912 until his retirement on
June 30, 1920.
C&GS BULLETIN, No.176, 1/31/1930