Wolcott, name of a prominent Connecticut family. Roger Wolcott (1679–1767) became chief justice and governor of the colony (1751–54). His Poetical Meditations (1725) was the first book of verse published in Connecticut. His son Oliver Wolcott (1726–97) served in the Continental Congress (1775–78, 1780–84), was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was governor of Connecticut (1796–97). Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1760–1833) was U.S. comptroller (1791–95), secretary of the treasury (1795–1800), and governor of Connecticut (1817–27).