PRATT, Ruth Sears Baker, (1877 - 1965)


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PRATT, Ruth Sears Baker, a Representative from New York; born in Ware, Mass., August 24, 1877; attended private schools and Wellesley (Mass.) College; moved to Greenwich, Conn., in 1894 and to New York City in 1904; member of the board of aldermen of New York City in 1925, being the first woman to serve; reelected in 1927 and served until March 1, 1929; member of the Republican National Committee 1929-1943; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1924, 1932, 1936, 1940; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1936, and 1938; served as president of the Woman’s National Republican Club 1943-1946; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; was a resident of New York City; died at her home, The Manor House, Glen Cove, N.Y., August 23, 1965; interment in Pratt Mausoleum.


Bibliography

”Ruth Sears Baker Pratt” in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006