Edward O. Wolcott
|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|
March 26, 1848|
|Died||March 1, 1905
Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York|
|Alma mater||Yale University
Harvard Law School
A native of Hampden County, Massachusetts, Wolcott moved to Ohio as a boy and served in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. 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 US Senator.
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 (Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses), and Retrenchment Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses).
In 1901, 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 (which happened while he was on vacation in Monte Carlo). Wolcott's remains were cremated, and the ashes were interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.
- Sketches of Colorado. 1. Denver, CO: Western Press Bureau Company. 1911. p. 167.
- Nevins, Allan. Henry White : Thirty Years of American Diplomacy. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1930.
- United States Congress. "WOLCOTT, Edward Oliver (id: W000667)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
Thomas M. Bowen
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
Served alongside: Henry M. Teller
Thomas M. Patterson