Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence, depositions, and other documents related to Anson Wolcott's claim against the U.S. government for the loss of his side-wheel steamboat "Fawn" that he claimed was seized and pressed into service by government troops at Natchez, Mississippi in October 1864 during the Civil War (1870-1873). The collection also includes a circular printed by Wolcott explaining his reasons for withdrawing as the Greenback party candidate for governor (October 4, 1876).
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Anson Wolcott was born on October 21, 1819 in Oneida County, New York to James and Louisa (or Lovisa) Wolcott. He attended public schools, including academies at Richmond and Royalton, New York. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. He made a number of real estate investments, including the purchase of land in White County, Indiana. He moved to White County in 1858 and founded the town of Wolcott in Princeton Township in May 1861. He was involved in a number of business pursuits, including buying and selling corn, trading cotton, and mining lead, copper and silver in Colorado. He served two terms in the Indiana Senate (1867, 1869) as a Republican and was the Greenback candidate for governor before withdrawing from the race in 1876. He married twice and had two sons. He died at the age of 87 on January 10, 1907.
Centennial Book Committee, Richard M. Wheeler, Virginia Dodson. Wolcott Centennial History: Wolcott, Indiana, 1861-1961. Wolcott, Ind: Wolcott Steering Committee, [1861?]
Lewis Publishing Company. Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana. Vol. 2. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899.
Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Vol. 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.