|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 4th Essex District|
|Preceded by||Forrester Clark|
|Succeeded by||Forrester Clark|
August 19, 1932|
|Died||August 19, 2008
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of Virginia School of Law
Colt attended The Park School and St. Paul's School. He then went on to Harvard University, where he was a member of the Harvard Crimson hockey team. Colt graduated in 1954 and then served two years in the United States Army. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.
In 1959, Colt joined the Boston law firm of Peabody and Arnold. He later founded his own firm, Goodhue, Colt & Steffensen, where he practiced probate and estate law. His final legal work came with the firm of Taylor, Ganson and Perrin in Boston, where he was of counsel.
Colt also served as a trustee of the Gardner Howland Shaw Foundation, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the Massachusetts penal system. He was also a director of the Center for Addictive Behavior.
Colt held a number of political offices in Milton, Massachusetts. From 1968 to 1972 he was a member of the town's Warrant Committee. He was chairman of the board for two years. From 1972 to 1973 he was a member of the Town Government Study Committee. Colt was a member of the Milton Board of Selectmen from 1973 to 1982 and was chairman for three years.
Colt remained active in politics following his move to Wenham, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Hamilton-Wenham Open Space and Housing Committee from 1987 to 1989 and the Wenham Board of Selectmen from 1990 to 1995.
In 1995, Colt succeeded his friend Forrester Clark in the Massachusetts House of Representatives after Clark gave up his seat to run for Massachusetts State Auditor. In 1996, Clark, who was upset over the fact Colt had gone on vacation during the 1995 budget battle, challenged Colt for the Republican nomination. Clark defeated Colt by 58 votes.
Personal life and death
Colt married Elizabeth Reynolds in December 1969. The couple had three daughters.
- 1995–1996 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- "Obituary: James Denison Colt".
- Marquard, Bryan (June 12, 2008). "James D. Colt, 75, lawyer and former state representative". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Grunwald, Michael (August 6, 1996). "Primary spills blue blood Millionaires fall out over House seat". Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
- Massachusetts Election Statistics 1996.