Prime, Ralph Earl was born on March 29, 1840 in Matteawan, New York, United States. Son of Alanson Jermain (Doctor of Medicine and Ruth Havens (Higbie) P.
Educated schools and academic White Plains, New York, private tutors. Studied medicine with father. Studied law in offices at White Plains, admitted to bar, 1861.
(Doctor of Civil Law, Bellevue College. Doctor of Laws, University of Wooster, 1897). Enlisted private 5th New York Infantry, April 21, 1861.
Held four regimental commissions, participated in 13 battles, severely wounded at battle of Gaines’ Mill. Twice promoted “for signal bravery on field of battle,” as promulgated in general orders of Army Corps Headquarters. Nominated, March 4, 1863, by President Lincoln to be brigadier general.
Began law practice late in 1863. Has been city attorney of Yonkers and deputy attorney general New York. Has crossed ocean 36 times, traveled in Europe, Asia and Africa.