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Wolcott, Roger

Ronald Lettieri

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195065480
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0101004
Wolcott, Roger

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Wolcott, Roger (04 January 1679–17 May 1767), colonial governor and literary figure, was born in Windsor, Connecticut, the son of Simon Wolcott and Martha Pitkin, merchants and farmers. The youngest of nine children, Wolcott was educated at home by his mother, then apprenticed to a clothing shop in 1694. He established his own clothier enterprise at age twenty. In 1702 he married Sarah Drake. They had fifteen children before her death on 21 January 1748. Wolcott purchased a large estate in Windsor in 1702 where, following the eighteenth-century pattern of Hartford-area merchant-farmers, he established both a clothing manufactory and a farm....

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; US Politics ; US Colonial and Revolutionary History ; Colonialism and Imperialism ; Biographical Studies

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