About this Famous Person
19th Governor of Connecticut, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence
Source : Tim DOWLING
Wolcott was born in Windsor, Connecticut, the youngest of fourteen children of the royal governor Roger Wolcott. He attended Yale College and was a roommate of Noah Webster, graduating in 1747. 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. At the end of the war, Wolcott studied medicine with his brother, Alexander, then was appointed sheriff of the newly created Litchfield County, Connecticut, serving from about 1751 to 1771. He married Lorraine (Laura) Collins of Guilford, Connecticut, on January 21, 1755. They had five children, Oliver (who died young), Oliver Jr., Laura, Mariann, and Frederick.