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Wolcott, Frederick (1767-1837) | Litchfield Historical Society

Name: Wolcott, Frederick (1767-1837)


Historical Note:

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.

Sources:

The Wolcott Memorial by Samuel Wolcott

(New York: Anson D. F. Randolph and Company, 1881)

Wolcott Genealogy by Robert C. Griffin and Mitchell R. Alegre

(The Society of Descendants of Henry Wolcott, 1986)

British and American Wolcotts by General Joseph C. Jackson

(Published by the author, 1912)

History of Litchfield, Connecticut, 1720 - 1920 by Alain C. White

(Litchfield, Connecticut Enquirer Print, 1920)

Note Author: Linda Hocking





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