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Roger Wolcott - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 42° 21.496 W 071° 03.816
19T E 330056 N 4691617
Quick Description: This sculpture is located on the third floor of the Massachusetts State House.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 11:41:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQNE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
Views: 1

Long Description:
This website (visit link) informs us:

Wolcott "...is honored on the third floor of the Massachusetts State House with a larger than life seated bronze statue, flanked by marble a marble soldier and sailor and a mural commemorating the Spanish-American War."
This 1907 work by Daniel Chester French, depicts Massachusetts Governor Roger Wolcott sitting in an oversized chair and wearing a long jacket and a scroll lies near his feet.

The sculpture is listed on the Smithsonian inventory (visit link) as part of the Spanish-American War Memorial, which provides this information:

"Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Pedestal and frame: Vermont marble.
Dimensions:
79 x 40 x 53 in.; Base: 35 x 54 x 60 in.; Frame: 185 x 185 x 7 in.
Inscription:
(Left of base, rear:) D. C. French, sc. (Right base:) JNO Williams Foundry NY (Top of frame:) ERECTED WITH OFFERINGS FROM THOUSANDS OF MASSACHUSETTS PEOPLE/TO EXPRESS THEIR LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR GOVERNOR WOLCOTT/TO KEEP BEFORE FUTURE GENERATIONS HIS HIGH EXAMPLE OF CIVIC VIRTUE/AND TO COMMEMORATE THE MEN OF MASSACHUSETTS/WHO SERVED IN THE WAR WITH SPAIN IN 1898 (On base:) ROGER WOLCOTT (...illegible) signed Founder's mark appears.
Description:
The memorial contains a bronze sculpture depicting former Governor Roger Wolcott seated in the governor's armchair atop a pedestal of Vermont marble. He is flanked by a soldier and a sailor in relief dressed in military garb from the Spanish American War."

and Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"Roger Wolcott (July 13, 1847 – December 21, 1900) was a Republican lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. He was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893 to 1897, becoming Acting Governor in 1896 upon the death of Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge. He was elected governor in his own right in 1897, serving until 1900.

Early years

Roger Wolcott was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 13, 1847. He was the son of Joshua Huntington Wolcott and Cornelia (Frothingham) Wolcott, and was descended from Connecticut Founding Father Oliver Wolcott. His father was a successful businessman, having long been associated with the textile firm of A. & A. Lawrence. Roger Wolcott was first educated at a private school in Boston. After his older brother was killed in the American Civil War, the family traveled to Europe, visiting England, Switzerland, and France, during which Wolcott continued his studies.

Upon the family's return to Boston Wolcott entered Harvard College as a sophomore, graduating in 1870. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1874, and was admitted to the Suffolk County bar the same year. He married Edith Prescott on September 2, 1874; she was the great-granddaughter of Colonel William Prescott. The couple spent a year-long honeymoon in Europe.

Career

Wolcott opened a law office in Boston in 1875. He became increasingly involved in the affairs of his father's business associates, eventually being appointed to serve on a number of corporate boards. Businesses he was associated with included the Boston and Albany Railroad and the New England Trust Company. He was also involved in philanthropic organizations, serving as a member of the Boston Provident Association, and as trustee of the Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and an overseer of Harvard College.

Wolcott became involved in politics not long after opening his law practice, winning a seat on the Boston Common Council in 1877 which he held for three years. He served as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature (Massachusetts General Court) from 1881–1884, and was offered the Republican Party nomination for Mayor of Boston in 1885, but refused on account of his father's poor health. Wolcott cared for his father until his death in 1891.

Lt. Huntington Frothingham Wolcott, formerly in collection of brother Roger Wolcott, by Boston painter William Morris Hunt
Wolcott began to assume a more prominent role in Republican circles after his father's death. He was elected president of the Young Men's Republican Club. This organization promoted him as a potential candidate for Lieutenant Governor. In the 1892 state convention, Wolcott won the nomination despite opposition from some party leaders. Even though the Republican gubernatorial candidate, William H. Haile, lost to incumbent Democrat William Russell, Wolcott won his race. He served as the 36th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893–1897, first under Russell, and then under Republican Frederic T. Greenhalge. He assumed the gubernatorial duties as Acting Governor in March 1896 as a result of the death of Greenhalge, and was later elected as the 39th Governor in November, serving from 1897 until 1900. He was reelected each year by large popular majorities.

In 1899 Wolcott decided not to run for reelection. He was offered a variety of diplomatic posts by President William McKinley, but refused them, and embarked on a trip to Europe with his family in May 1900. After his return he campaigned for Republicans in the 1900 elections. He fell ill with typhoid fever in mid-November, and died in Boston on December 21, 1900.

The trustees of Milton Academy named the largest of the campus houses after Gov. Wolcott following his death in 1900."
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