Oliver Wolcott Jr. (1760-1833)

Oliver Wolcott Jr. was a lawyer and specialist in public finance, he was appointed in 1784 as one of the commissioners to mediate claims between the U.S. and Connecticut. During this time, Wolcott also served on the Committee of the Pay Table for Connecticut (1782-1788). Wolcott later served as Auditor of the National Treasury, Secretary of the Treasury under Washington, succeeding Alexander Hamilton, and Governor of Connecticut.

Ezekiel Williams wrote his letter June 1, 1785, the day of Wolcott’s wedding, and despite the somewhat personal nature of Williams’ appeal, the fact that he does not mention the wedding suggests that the relationship between the two men was purely businesslike.