District Attorney Profile

Edward O. Wolcott

Edward O. Wolcott (DA 1877-1878)


First Judicial District, 1877 - 1878

When Colorado was granted statehood in 1876, it was divided into four judicial districts. Boulder County was in the First Judicial District - comprised of Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, and Summit counties - and elected Georgetown resident Edward Oliver Wolcott as its first District Attorney. He took office in 1877 but resigned in 1878 when he was elected to the Colorado Senate.

During his two years as District Attorney, Wolcott, who was said to have had “a magnetic influence before a jury,” sent four men to the Colorado State Penitentiary for life.

Of Wolcott’s oratory abilities, a colleague at the time wrote: “He was practically irresistible. His method of conducting a prosecution was eminently fair. He was most resourceful, his mentality acute, and his instant grasp of a legal proposition was little short of genius.”

In 1889, Wolcott was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served two four-year terms. He died in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and was cremated. His ashes were interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Bronx, New York.

Photo: History of the State of Colorado, by Frank Hall (1889)