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. Pratt was a member of the Whig
Party, and although he opposed secession, he provided resources for Confederate troops in Alabama. After the Civil War, Pratt
focused on exploiting the mineral resources in North Alabama.