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American Oliver WOLCOTT

19th Governor of Connecticut, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence

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Born: on November 20, 1726 in Windsor, Connecticut, USA
Died: on December 01, 1797 in Farmington, Connecticut, USA


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.

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