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ORSON PRATT (1811–1881)

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 255 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ORSON PRATT (1811–1881), Mormon apostle, was born of humble parents at Hartford, New York. In 183o he joined the Mormon Church, becoming a member of its council of twelve in 1834 and one of its twelve apostles in 1835. Pratt was also a mathematician of some note. He was professor of mathematics in the university of Deseret and wrote several books on this subject, these including Cubic and Biquadratic Equations (1866). He was a member, and several times speaker, of the Utah House of Representatives. Among his writings may be mentioned Key to the Universe (1866), and The Bible and Polygamy (187o).
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