JUSTICE C. E. PRATT DEAD HE HAD BEEN ON THE SUPREME COURT BENCH SINCE 1869. Was a Member of the Appellate Di- vision of the Court in the Second Judicial District--He Suffered for Many Years from a Bullet in His Head, Received at the Battle of Mechanicsville--Was a Gallant Federal General. Justice Calvin E. Pratt of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the Sec- ond Judicial Distric, died at Rochester, Mass., yesterday morning. Justice Pratt had been ill for several years, having first been attacked by a stroke of paralysis. After being confined to his house at 1,489 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, for many weeks, he recovered sufficiently to be able to resume his place on the bench. He was again stricken June 20, this time his right arm being affected. He rallied and was able to go to Rochester, Mass. It was believed he was getting bet- ter, as Justice Clement yesterday received a letter stating that he was much better, and that his family believed he would re- cover. Only a short time after receiving this letter Justice Clement received a tele- gram announcing the death of the eminent jurist. Justice Calvin E. Pratt was the son of Edward A. Pratt of Princeton, Mass., and was born in that town June 23, 1828. He attended the district school until he was sent to Sutton, Mass., and when sixteen years old he attended the Collegiate Acad- emy, Wilbraham, and practiced survey- ing on the Providence and Worcester Rail- road. He also taught school for a time at Uxbridge, Sutton, and Worcester. In 1849 he began the study of law, and in 1850 was made Clerk to the Criminal Court. Two years later he was admitted to the bar. For eight years, from 1851 to 1859, he stud- ied medicine and anatomy in their relation to jurisprudence and was quite an expert on these two studies. Justice Pratt during these years took an active interest in the National Guard of the State of Massachusetts, and was for a time attached to the Worcester Light In- fantry. He became Major of the Tenth Massachusetts Infantry, and later was appointed upon Major Gen. Hobbs's staff, with the rank of Major. In 1853 he was elected Justice of the Peace for Worcester, and he held that office for six years. He took an active part in politics, and was always a Democrat. For years he was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and was Chair- many of the County Committee. At the outbreak of the war he organ- ized the Thirty-first Regiment, New-York Volunteers, and went to the front with that organization. He was appointed Colonel by Gov. Seymour. Col. Pratt had recruited the regiment at his own expense. At the battle of Bull Run he was very active and did gallant work, for which he was recom- mended for promotion. While at the head of his regiment, at the battle of Mechanicsville, on Jun. 20, 1862, he was shot in the left cheek, the bullet lodging behind the cheekbone. The bul- let was removed in 1901, after he had suf- fered a great deal for twenty-nine years. Col. Pratt was recommended for promo- tion by Gen McClellan for gallantry on the field, and in September, 1862, was ap- pointed a Brigadier General by President Lincoln. He took charge of one of the brigades under the command of Gen. Hancock. This brigade formed part of the Sixth Army Corps. After the war Gen. Pratt resumed the practice of law in Brooklyn, and associ- ated with him were the late Greenville F. Jenks, ex-Judge James Ewalt, and ex-Judge Joshua M. Van Cott. In 1865 and 1866 he was the Collector of Internal Revenue for the district including Kings and Queens Counties, and in 1869 he was elected to the Supreme Court bench by the votes of the Democrats and Re- publicans. In 1877 he was elected without opposition for another term, and in 1891 he was again chosen for a term of fourteen years. As on previous occasions, he had no opposition, the Republicans and Demo- crats working in unison. Justice Pratt was a member of the Brook- lyn Club. He leaves a wife and several daughters, who are well known in Brooklyn society. The flags on the public buildings and on the houses of the Hamilton and the Brook- lyn Club were displayed at half mast out of respect to the memory of Justice Pratt. His term of office would have expired Dec. 31, 1898.