Roger Wolcott
Painting: by Frederic Porter Vinton, 1904

Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1896-1900

Born in Boston, the son of a merchant, Roger Wolcott rose to govern Massachusetts during the Spanish-American War. Over 10,000 Massachusetts citizens contributed to create a memorial to Governor Wolcott, which is a prominent piece of State House art.

Mr. Wolcott graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School in 1874. He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1882 to 1884. He was active in the Republican Party, serving as the president of a group to reform the party. Wolcott was elected Lieutenant Governor, serving 1892-1896, when he succeeded Governor Frederic Greenhalge.

Governor Wolcott enthusiastically supported the Spanish-American War. He requested and obtained $500,000 from the legislature for military expenses and saw to it that Massachusetts troops were the first to serve on the battlefield. Wolcott was reelected in his own right over two terms, but declined further nomination. He left office January, 1900 and died later that year. He is memorialized in the State House by a larger than life sculpture by Daniel Chester French.