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Wolcott, Frederick, 1767-1837



Frederick Wolcott was born November 2, 1767, the youngest of five children born to Oliver Wolcott and Laura Collins Wolcott. He was graduated from Yale in 1786 and attended Tapping Reeve's Litchfield Law School the following year.

Wolcott began his career as Clerk of the Common Pleas. In 1798 he was appointed Clerk of the Superior Court in Litchfield County. He was later appointed a Judge of Probate, a position he held until he retired from public life.

He served as a presidential elector in 1808. In 1810, he elected to the State Senate and remained there through 1823. Wolcott's public positions also included service as a presidential elector in 1808, State Senate from 1810-1823, the Connecticut General Assembly, was president of the Litchfield County Foreign Mission and Education Societies, was president of the Board of Trustees of the Litchfield Female Academy, was a fellow of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a fellow of Yale College.

Wolcott married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Huntington on October 12, 1800. They had six children prior to her death in 1812. Frederick married Sally Worthington Cooke in 1815, with whom he had four children.

Frederick died on May 28, 1837. He is buried in the East Cemetery in Litchfield.

Author: Linda Hocking

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Wolcott family collection


Identifier: 1906-04-0
Scope and Contents Correspondence chiefly between Frederick Wolcott (1767-1837), his wife Elizabeth (Betsey) Huntington  Wolcott (1774-1812), his brother Oliver Wolcott (1760-1833) who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Governor of Connecticut, and Jabez W. Huntington (1788-1847) who served as a U.S. Senator from Connecticut.  Topics include domestic news, local, state, regional and national politics, business affairs, church activities, trade with China and the merchant vessel Trident, raising merino...
Dates: Created: 1740-1844; Other: Majority of material found in 1790-1837; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1906