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Walter Merriam Pratt

paper company executive , writer.

Walter Merriam Pratt, American paper company executive, writer.


Pratt, Walter Merriam was born on July 13, 1880 in Prattville, Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Hermon W. and Emily Frances (Merriam) Pratt.


Student Bellingham High School, Chelsea. Graduate Noble School, Boston, 1899.


; married second, Irene S. Whitty, December 16, 1938. With Train Smith Company, paper manufacturers, Boston, 1899. Founder, 1907, official until 1923, Denison—Pratt Paper Company.

Organizer, 1923, since president Pratt Paper Company. President Boston Acceptance Corporation.


  • Author: The Burning of Chelsea, 1908. Tin Soldiers, 1912

  • Yearbook Military Order World Wars, 1923-1925. Seven Generations, 1930.

    Adventure in Vermont, 1943. House of Edward Winslow, 1948. John Hancock and His Time, 1956.


Member Progressive State Committee, Massachusetts, 1912. Member corporation Adams Nervine Hospital. Member cavalry, Massachusetts National Guard, 1905-1907, Field Artillery, 1907-1909, Second lieutenant infantry, 1909-1911, later captain.

Fellow Royal Society Arts (England). Member N.E. Historic Genealogical Society (president 1948-1954), General Society Mayflower Descendants (governor general 1948-1954), Society Colonial Wars (governor general 1954-1957), other genealogical and history societies and associations, civic groups, community orgns. Mason (Shriner).; Clubs: Union, Boston.


Married Marietta Harkness, April.; married second, Irene S. Whitty, December 16, 1938.

Hermon W. Pratt

Emily Frances (Merriam) Pratt

Marietta Harkness

Irene S. Whitty