William M. K. Olcott
William Morrow Knox Olcott (August 27, 1862 – May 10, 1933) was an American lawyer and politician from New York City.
He was born on August 27, 1862 New York City to John N. Olcott and Euphemia Helen Knox, and J. Van Vechten Olcott was his brother. He graduated from City College in 1881, and from Columbia Law School in 1883. He practiced law and entered politics as a Republican. On December 6, 1888, he married Jessica Augusta Baldwin, and their son was Nellson Olcott, who became an Assistant District Attorney under Edward Swann and Joab H. Banton.
He was appointed New York County District Attorney in December 1896 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John R. Fellows. In November 1897, he ran on the Republican ticket to succeed himself, but was defeated by Democrat Asa Bird Gardiner.
In December 1897, Olcott was appointed by Governor Frank S. Black, a judge of the New York City Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Anderson Van Wyck who had been elected Mayor. He left the bench at the end of 1898, and resumed his private practice as a partner of Ex-Governor Black in the firm of Black, Olcott, Gruber & Bonynge.
In January 1930, his first wife died aboard the steamer Rome on the return voyage from Italy. In June 1931, he married Florence A. Cobbett (died 1951).
- SMOKED AND MADE A TICKET in NYT on October 18, 1893
- THE CITY'S OFFICIAL VOTE in NYT on November 24, 1894
- OLCOTT TAKES HIS OFFICE in NYT on December 20, 1896
- REPUBLICANS NAME OLCOTT in NYT on October 8, 1897
- OFFICIAL COUNT OF VOTES in NYT on November 21, 1897
- BLACK TO MOVE TO CITY in NYT on December 12, 1898
- BLACK TO FIGHT JEROME in NYT on Decxember 6, 1902
- MRS. W.K. OLCOTT DIES ON LINER AT SEA, his first wife's obit, in NYT on January 25, 1930 (subscription required)
- W.M.K. OLCOTT WEDS in NYT on July 1, 1931 (subscription required)
- W.M.K. OLCOTT, EX-JUDGE, DEAD in NYT on May 11, 1933 (subscription required)
- MRS. WILLIAM M.K. OLCOTT, his second wife's obit, in NYT on July 18, 1951 (subscription required)
John R. Fellows
|New York County District Attorney
Asa Bird Gardiner