Rev. William M. Pratt was born in Madison County, New York, January 13, 1817, and died in Louisville, December 23, 1897 at the age of eighty. He graduated at Hamilton, New York, in the full course in 1839, including theology. After the death of his first wife, Brother Pratt was married to a daughter of Dr. R. T. Dillard. In 1845 he came to Lexington, Kentucky, as Pastor of the First Baptist Church, and served seventeen years. He located in Louisville about 1841, in a book business, and during the time supplied at intervals both the Walnut Street and Broadway churches. In 1871, he became pastor of the church at Shelbyville. For Many years he was President of the Board of Trustees of Georgetown College, and assisted that institution in raising $100,000 on the endowment, making a liberal contribution himself. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at the time of his death. Dr. Pratt was a useful servant of the Lord, and a Baptist from conviction, and preached the great doctrines of the Bible.
[From Frank M. Masters, A History of Baptists in Kentucky, 1953, p. 415. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]