Roger Wolcott (1847 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Governor of Massachusetts
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About Roger Wolcott

Roger Wolcott (July 13, 1847 – December 21, 1900) was the son of Joshua Huntington Wolcott and Cornelia (Frothingham) Wolcott, and was the brother of Huntington Frothingham Wolcott. He graduated from Harvard University in 1870, and from Harvard Law School in 1874. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1875–1900, a member of the Massachusetts Legislature (Massachusetts General Court) from 1881–1884, the 36th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893-1897. He assumed the gubernatorial duties as Acting Governor in 1896 as a result of the death of Frederic T. Greenhalge and was later elected as the 39th Governor in November, serving from 1897 until 1900.

He was also largely involved in business activities, including the Boston and Albany Railroad and the New England Trust Company, and in philanthropic organizations as a member of the Boston Provident Association, a trustee of the Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and an overseer of Harvard College.

He married Edith Prescott (b.1853) in 1874, who was the great-granddaughter of Colonel William Prescott, who was the cousin of Roger Sherman's wife Rebecca Minot Prescott. (William Gardiner3, William Hickling2, William Prescott1). The trustees of Milton Academy named the largest of the campus houses after Gov. Wolcott following his death in 1900.

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Roger Wolcott, Governor's Timeline

September 2, 1847
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 21, 1900
Age 53
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States