Williain Veazie Pratt came from "down-Easter" stock, born in Belfast, Me., on 28 February 1869. Both his mother and father came from New England merchant marine families.
Wheeler, Gerald E.
"William Veazie Pratt, U.S. Navy: A Silhouette of an Admiral,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 22
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol22/iss5/7