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Varick, Richard 1753-1831

Military officer; born in Hackensack, N. J., March 25, 1753; was a lawyer in the city of New York when the Revolutionary War began, and entered the service as captain in McDougall's [34] regiment. Soon afterwards he became General Schuyler's military secretary, and remained so until that officer was superseded by Gates in the summer of 1777, continuing with the army, with the rank of colonel, until the capture of Burgoyne. Varick was inspector-general at West Point until after Arnold's treason, when he became a member of Washington's military family, acting as his recording secretary until near the close of the Revolution. When the British evacuated the city of New York, Nov. 25, 1783, Colonel Varick was made recorder there, and held the office until 1789, when he became attorneygeneral of the State. Afterwards he was elected mayor of New York, and held that office until 1801. He and Samuel Jones were appointed (1786) to revise the laws of the State of New York, and in 1718 he was speaker of the Assembly. He was one of the founders of the American Bible Society. He died in Jersey City, July 30, 1831.

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