Born: November 20, 1726 at Windsor, Connecticut
Died: December 1, 1797 (aged 71) at Farmington, Connecticut
Spouse: Laura Collins Wolcott (m. 1755 – 1794)
Children: He had 5 children
19th Governor of Connecticut (1796 – 1797)
Political Party: Federalist
Facts about Oliver Wolcott
He was commissioned to raise a militia company to fight in the French and Indian War, and he served the King as captain in this unit on the northern frontier. In 1774, Oliver Wolcott was appointed an assistant in the State Council, which was the beginning of his political career.
The Wolcotts enjoyed a loving marriage for almost forty years, despite the fact that Oliver spent many of those years away from home, helping to give birth to a new nation. During the latter part of the summer of 1776, Wolcott was actively engaged in the recruiting service.
After the war ended in 1783, Wolcott settled into a semi-peaceful life, though remained active in politics. When fellow Declaration signer Samuel Huntington died in 1796, Wolcott became the governor of Connecticut, a position his father had held forty-five years earlier.
Oliver Wolcott Childhood
Oliver Wolcott was born on November 20, 1726, at South Windsor, Connecticut. He was the youngest son of Roger Wolcott, a Royal Governor of Connecticut from 1751 to 1754. Oliver graduated from Yale College in 1747 at the top of his class, and immediately began his military career.
Where is Oliver Wolcott buried?
He is interred at East Cemetery, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut.
How did Oliver Wolcott die?
On December 1, 1797, he died in Farmington, Connecticut.