WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
BIOGRAPHYOrson Pratt was born on September 19, 1811 in Hartford, New York.
He was ordained an Apostle in the L.D.S. Church on April 26, 1835 (aged 23) as part of the initial organization of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served with his brother, Parley P. Pratt, who was also an Apostle.
In 1861, Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow were called by Brigham Young to lead a group of 309 families to relocate to Southern Utah and establish the city of St. George. Their mission was to grow cotton, raise sheep and even silk worms in order to supply the dozens of new Utah cities to the north with much needed raw materials for fabrics.
In 1864, Pratt was called by Brigham Young on yet another proselytizing mission to Austria. He traded his home in St. George to Richard & Elizabeth Bentley.
Pratt died October 3, 1881 (aged 70) in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
REFERENCESWikipedia article about Orson Pratt
Utah History Encylopedia article about Orson Pratt