Christopher Wolcott

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Christopher Wolcott
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6th Ohio Attorney General
In office
Appointed by Salmon P. Chase
Preceded by Francis D. Kimball
Succeeded by James Murray
United States Assistant Secretary of War
In office
Preceded by John Tucker
Succeeded by Charles Anderson Dana
Personal details
Born (1820-12-17)December 17, 1820
Wolcott, Connecticut
Died April 4, 1863(1863-04-04) (aged 42)
Akron, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pamelia Stanton
Children two sons

Christopher Parsons Wolcott was a Republican politician from the state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General 1856–1860 and United States Assistant Secretary of War from 1862 to 1863.


Wolcott was born December 17, 1820, in Wolcott, Connecticut. In 1833 he was moved to Steubenville, Ohio, and attended public schools. He attended Washington College in Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1840.[1] He read law with Tappan & Stanton in Steubenville,[2] and was admitted to the bar and began practice in Ravenna, Ohio. In Ravenna he partnered with Lucius V. Bierce.[2] In 1846 he moved to Akron, Ohio. In Akron he partnered with William Otis, until Otis removed to Cleveland. He then partnered with William H. Upson, which lasted the rest of his life.[2] In 1856, Governor Salmon P. Chase appointed him Ohio Attorney General to replace the deceased Francis D. Kimball.[3] He was elected to a two-year term later in 1856,[4] and another in 1858.[5]

His cases as attorney general included the Breslin Treasury defalcation and the Wellington Rescue, where his arguments before the United States Supreme Court were widely celebrated.[3]

Ohio Governor William Dennison named Wolcott to replace the deceased John C. Wright at the Peace Conference of 1861.[6]

In May, 1862, Secretary of War, fellow Steubenville native and Wolcott's brother in law,[7] Edwin M. Stanton asked him to be First Assistant Secretary during the American Civil War.[8]

I know I ought not to ask it of you, and fear the work will kill you, but I do not know where to look for aid, and if I do not have it now, I must give up myself.

— Edwin Stanton, 1862[2]

Stanton was prophetic, as under the strain of the job, Wolcott's health gave out, leading to his resignation February, 1863. He returned to Akron. After two months of suffering, he died there April 4, 1863.[2]


  1. ^ Eaton & Woods, p. 324.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lane, p. 553.
  3. ^ a b Smith, p. 67.
  4. ^ Smith, p. 65.
  5. ^ Smith, p. 84.
  6. ^ Parsons, p. 11.
  7. ^ Neff, p. 172.
  8. ^ Poore, p. 232.