Oliver Wolcott was a representative of Connecticut Colony that signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He grew up in Connecticut and was the youngest of fourteen children. His father, Roger Wolcott, was governor of Connecticut. Young Wolcott understood from a young age what it was like to work in the public eye.
He attended Yale College and joined the militia shortly after graduating. Here he would serve in the French and Indian War. By the end of the war Wolcott had achieved the rank of Captain. He also fought in the American Revolutionary War after signing the Declaration of Independence alongside fellow Connecticut delegates: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington and William Williams. He served as Brigadier General for the Connecticut militia and in the Continental Congress until he became seriously ill in 1776. He was one of the last delegates to actually sign the Declaration.
After the War he served as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut until Samuel Huntington died in 1796 and assumed the governorship. Wolcott died a year later on his birthday, December 1, 1797. Although he was relatively unknown to many casual history enthusiasts he left a lasting legacy. He was known for his love of poetry and family.