In honor of William Abbot Pratt

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Tree species:
Ginkgo biloba
Common name:
Maidenhair Tree
Rotunda East
Date planted:

William Pratt, a well-known civil engineer in Richmond, Virginia, moved to Charlottesville in 1856. He developed a plan for the improvement of the University of Virginia and spent 1857-59 constructing and renovating many buildings. In 1858 he was elected to be the University's first Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds by the Board of Visitors. He is credited with planting many of the older maple and ash trees on the Lawn.

(from the unpublished manuscript "A Historical Sketch of the Trees and Grounds of the University of Virginia" by Edwin M. Betts and Sylvester H. O'Grince)

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