|6th Ohio Attorney General|
|Appointed by||Salmon P. Chase|
|Preceded by||Francis D. Kimball|
|Succeeded by||James Murray|
|United States Assistant Secretary of War|
|Preceded by||John Tucker|
|Succeeded by||Charles Anderson Dana|
|Born||December 17, 1820|
|Died||April 4, 1863 (aged 42)|
Christopher Parsons Wolcott was a Republican politician from the state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General 1856-1860 and First Assistant Secretary of War 1862-1863.
Wolcott was born December 17, 1820 in Wolcott, Connecticut. In 1833 he was moved to Steubenville, Ohio and attended public schools. He attended Washington College in Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1840. He read law with Tappan & Stanton in Steubenville, and was admitted to the bar and began practice in Ravenna, Ohio. In Ravenna he partnered with Lucius V. Bierce. In 1846 he moved to Akron, Ohio. In Akron he partnered with William Otis, until Otis removed to Cleveland. He then partnered with William H. Upson, which lasted the rest of his life. In 1856, Governor Salmon P. Chase appointed him Ohio Attorney General to replace the deceased Francis D. Kimball. He was elected to a two-year term later in 1856, and another in 1858.
His cases as Attorney General included the Breslin Treasury defalcation and the Wellington Rescue, where his arguments before the United States Supreme Court were widely celebrated.
I know I ought not to ask it of you, and fear the work will kill you, but I do not know where to look for aid, and if I do not have it now, I must give up myself.
Stanton was prophetic, as under the strain of the job, Wolcott's health gave out, leading to his resignation February, 1863. He returned to Akron. After two months of suffering, he died there April 4, 1863.
- Eaton, Samuel John Mills; Woods, Henry (1902). "Wolcott, Christopher Parsons". Biographical and Historical Catalogue of Washington and Jefferson College. Philadelphia: G.H. Buchanan and Company. p. 324. OCLC 2379959. http://books.google.com/books?id=x8ggAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA324. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
- Lane 1892 : 553
- Smith 1898 Volume I : 67
- 1856 election Republican Wolcott 176,155 Democrat Samuel M. Hart 154,313 American Party John M. Buselfreed 23,095 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 65
- 1858 election Republican Wolcott 182,985 Democrat Durbin Ward 162,136 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 84
- Parsons 1885 : 11
- Neff 1921 : 172
- Poore 1878 : 232
- Smith, Joseph P, ed (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company. http://books.google.com/books?id=eaAFAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA67.
- Neff, William B, ed (1921). Bench and Bar of Northern Ohio History and Biography. Cleveland: The Historical Publishing Company. http://books.google.com/books?id=DgwwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA172.
- Poore, Benjamin Perley (1878). The political register and congressional directory: a statistical record of the Federal Officials...1776-1878. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company. http://books.google.com/books?id=Nn0FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA232.
- Parsons, Richard C. (November 1885 – April 1886). "Franklin T. Backus". In Williams, William W. Magazine of Western History. 3. Cleveland. pp. 8–15. http://books.google.com/books?id=y24FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA11&dq=Wolcott.
- Lane, Samuel A. (1892). Fifty years and over of Akron and Summit County. Akron: Beacon Job Department. p. 553. http://books.google.com/books?id=nyAWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA553.
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