Edward Oliver Wolcott
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1901
|Preceded by||Thomas M. Bowen|
|Succeeded by||Thomas M. Patterson|
|Member of the Colorado Senate|
|Born||March 26, 1848|
|Died||March 1, 1905 (aged 56)|
Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York|
Harvard University (LLB)
|Unit||150th Ohio Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Wolcott's parents were Samuel Wolcott, D.D. and Harriet Amanda (Pope) Wolcott. Wolcott was one of eleven children, including Anna Wolcott Vaile. A native of Hampden County, Massachusetts, Wolcott moved to Ohio as a boy.
Legal and political career
In 1875, he graduated from Harvard Law School and moved to Colorado where he set up a law practice. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, one of the partners in his practice was Charles W. Waterman, later a United States Senator.
From 1876 to 1879 he served as a district attorney in Colorado. In 1879, Wolcott moved to Denver, where he began his political career as a Colorado state senator (1879–1882). In 1889, he was chosen to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate, as a member of the Republican Party. He was reelected in 1895, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1901, 1902 and 1903.
While in Washington, D.C., Wolcott was a leading advocate for the coinage of silver. In 1897, President McKinley named him chairman of the commission sent to Europe to report on international bimetallism. He was a popular host and guest in Washington society. He was chairman of the Committee on Civil Service (51st and 52nd Congresses), and Retrenchment Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (54th through 56th Congresses).
In 1900, Wolcott was denied renomination to the Senate, which ended his political career. He once again took up the practice of law in Colorado, and maintained that practice until his death.
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- The Harvard Graduates' Magazine (1894)
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- United States Congress. "WOLCOTT, Edward Oliver (id: W000667)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.