Frederick Wolcott

November 2, 1767
May 28, 1837
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Betsey Huntington Wolcott (October 12, 1800)
Sally Cooke Wolcott (June 21, 1815)
Biographical Notes:
Frederick Wolcott was the son of Governor Oliver and Lorana (Collins) Wolcott. His father was Governor of Connecticut and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Frederick Wolcott was the younger of two surviving sons.

In 1786, Frederick graduated from Yale. The following year he got his law degree from the Litchfield Law School. Illness, however, prevented him from practicing law right out of school. Instead of pursuing his own law practice, Frederick was Clerk of the Common Pleas. He followed that job by moving up in 1798 to become the Clerk of the Superior Court in Litchfield County. Afterwards he was appointed a Judge of Probate, a position he held until he retired from public life.

In June of 1805, Oliver Wolcott, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Frederick Wolcott signed ...
"I have been dancing all the forenoon, and my hand trembles so, I can hardly write intelligibly. We dance again this evening; and we all wish for your company. Meantime, you are poring over some antiquated subject, that is neither instructive nor entertaining. You cannot say so of our dancing; it is 'an amusement that profits the mind.'"

Written to Frederick by sister, Mary Ann, while he was at Yale, 1789

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1786.

Profession / Service
Political Office; Business
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1802-1803
State Senator (CT) 1810-1823
Local Posts:
Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas (Litchfield, CT) 1793-1836
Judge of Probate (Litchfield, CT) 1796-1836
Clerk of the Superior Court of the County (Litchfield County, CT) 1798-1836

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1800, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 4. New York; Henry Holt and Company, 1907.

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