John J. Wolcott

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John Jefferson Wolcott (June 20, 1810 Trenton, Oneida County, New York – July 31, 1881 Fulton, Oswego County) was an American merchant, banker and politician from New York.


He was the son of Samuel Wolcott (c. 1775 – 1857). In 1831, he became a merchant. In 1834, he removed to Fulton. On September 10, 1835, he married Sarah Ann Fox (1814–1888). He was President of the Oswego River Bank, and later the First National Bank of Fulton.

Wolcott entered politics as a Democrat, sided with the Barnburners, joined the Free Soil Party in 1848, then became a Soft-Shell Democrat, and finally joined the Republican Party upon its foundation.

He was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Oswego County in 1854; President of the Village of Fulton for two terms; a member of the New York State Assembly (Oswego Co., 2nd D.) in 1858; and a member of the New York State Senate (21st D.) in 1866 and 1867.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
Leonard Ames
New York State Assembly
Oswego County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
James J. Coit
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Cheney Ames
New York State Senate
21st District

Succeeded by
Abner C. Mattoon