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Prattville in Autauga County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Daniel Pratt/First United Methodist Church

 
 
Daniel Pratt-Founder of Prattville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
1. Daniel Pratt-Founder of Prattville Marker
Inscription.  Side 1
Daniel Pratt
Founder of Prattville

Daniel Pratt, a native of New Hampshire, became an industrialist, statesman and philanthropist in Alabama. He was a Methodist in both heart and practice. He encourage the development of the Methodist community in Prattville. As his town grew, Pratt contributed land and money to build schools and churches for its citizens.

Until shortly before his death, Mr. Pratt taught a class in the Union Sunday School that all its citizens could attend. He died on May 13, 1873. On his tombstone was engraved, "Blessed are the dead who die in the lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Rev. 14:13. At his funeral, it was stated he had completed all his goals.

Even though he died before this present edifice was conceived, he left a legacy that inspired Methodism to grow.

Side 2
First United Methodist Church

In 1843 Prattville became a regular appointment on the Washington Circuit of the Alabama Conference. The congregation met in a frame building provided by Daniel Pratt.
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Reverend William Jeremiah Sassnett was minister for the circuit.

A new brick building near the corner of Maple and Bridge Streets was given by Mr. Pratt in 1853. By 1911 the congregation grew to 596 members and voted to build a new sanctuary on this site. Groundbreaking was held May 4, 1912, and a marble cornerstone was laid in July. The first Service was held April 6, 1913. The text used by Dr. W.P. Dickinson was from Psalm 122:1, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."

Additional buildings were added in 1958, 1989 and 2002. One hundred years of service were celebrated at this location in 2013. The formation of the Trinity UMC was sponsored in 1971.

The church has continued to prosper in serving its members and the community. To God be the Glory.
 
Erected 2013.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
 
Location. 32° 27.767′ N, 86° 28.318′ W. Marker is in Prattville, Alabama, in Autauga County. Marker is at the intersection of East 4th Street and South Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east on East 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East 4th Street, Prattville AL 36067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
First United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
2. First United Methodist Church Marker
within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama / Original Members (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Prattville Dragoons (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Prattville Dragoons (approx. 0.2 miles away); A County Older Than the State, Autauga County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Autauga County Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Autauga County Viet Nam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Autauga County World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prattville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  First United Methodist Church. (Submitted on December 18, 2013.)
 
First United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
3. First United Methodist Church
Daniel Pratt between circa 1850 and circa 1869. image. Click for full size.
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4. Daniel Pratt between circa 1850 and circa 1869.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,971 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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