(1753–1831)Revolutionary War army officer and New York politician. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, Richard Varick was a lawyer in New York City when the Revolutionary War broke out. He proved himself an able staff officer for Gens. Philip Schuyler and Benedict Arnold. Varick was Arnold's aide-de-camp when the treasonous general's plot was discovered to turn over West Point to the British, and Varick appealed for help in restoring his own reputation to George Washington. With Congressional approval, Washington appointed Varick his private secretary, with the responsibility to preserve Washington's headquarters papers for posterity. Varick took two and a half years to produce forty-four bound volumes. After the war, he held a number of public offices in New York. He was also a founder of the American Bible Society, and was serving as its president when he died in Jersey City, New Jersey.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.