Dr Laura J. <I>Ross</I> Wolcott

Dr Laura J. Ross Wolcott

York Village, York County, Maine, USA
Death 8 Dec 1915 (aged 89)
Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Section 10
Memorial ID 80920815 · View Source
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Physician and Suffragist Laura Ross Wolcott was born July 16, 1834 in York, Maine. She was educated at George Emerson's School in Boston and the Horace Mann Normal School. She graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1856.

In 1857, she moved to Milwaukee, where she became the state's first woman doctor. She was a consultant to several leading hospitals, the Industrial School for Girls and the Convent of Notre Dame, in addition to running a large private practice. After a long bitter battle, she was admitted to the Milwaukee County Medical Society in 1869. That year, she married Dr. Erastus B. Wolcott.

In 1867, Laura Wolcott was a commissioner to the World's Fair in Paris. While there, she studied at the Maison de Sante and the Sorbonne. After the Civil War, she became interested in the Women's Suffrage Movement. With fellow suffragist, Lila Peckham, she organized a women's suffrage convention in 1869, which led to the formation of the Wisconsin Women's Suffrage Association. She became the group's first President in 1882.

After her husband's death in 1880, Dr. Wolcott gradually gave up her medical practice. In 1894 she moved to Ravenswood, Illinois where she died December 8, 1915.

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Gravesite Details 2nd wife of Gen. Erastus B. Wolcott.


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  • Created by: Nadeen Sobottka
  • Added: 24 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 80920815
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Laura J. Ross Wolcott (16 Jul 1826–8 Dec 1915), Find a Grave Memorial no. 80920815, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Nadeen Sobottka (contributor 47145936) .