Daniel Pratt (1799-1873) was the first major industrialist in Alabama, founded the town of Prattville, and played a central role in moving the state toward a more diverse economy. He began building cotton gins in Autauga County in about 1833 and expanded his business holdings to include transportation, grist and flour mills, and finance.
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