Riker, Richard

Riker, Richard

Male 1773 - 1842  (69 years)

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  • Name Riker, Richard  [1, 2, 3
    Born 9 Sep 1773  Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1842  Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Riker-Lent Burial Ground, Astoria, Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I54951  Sackett | Descendants of Simon Sackett the Colonist, Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2021 

    Father Riker, Samuel Esq.,   b. 8 May 1743, Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1823  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Lawrence, Anna,   b. 26 Nov 1749,   d. 5 Jan 1833  (Age 83 years) 
    Children 9 children 
     1. Riker, Joseph Lawrence,   b. 26 Mar 1770,   d. 20 Jul 1796, Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +2. Riker, Capt. Andrew,   b. 21 Sep 1771,   d. 17 Oct 1817, Port-au-Prince, Arrondissement de Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +3. Riker, Richard,   b. 9 Sep 1773, Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1842, Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +4. Riker, Abraham,   b. 24 Mar 1776,   d. 25 Aug 1821  (Age 45 years)
    +5. Riker, Patience,   b. 10 May 1778,   d. 22 Feb 1851  (Age 72 years)
     6. Riker, Samuel Jr.,   b. 3 Mar 1780,   d. 17 Sep 1811  (Age 31 years)
    +7. Riker, Jane Margaret,   b. 4 Apr 1782,   d. 26 Mar 1868  (Age 85 years)
    +8. Riker, Anna Elmira,   b. 1 May 1785,   d. 2 Aug 1860  (Age 75 years)
    +9. Riker, John Lawrence,   b. 9 Apr 1787,   d. 11 May 1861  (Age 74 years)
     
    Family ID F2900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Phoenix, Janette,   d. Unknown 
    Married Mar 1807  [3
    Children 
     1. Riker, Rebecca Phoenix,   d. Unknown
     2. Riker, Daniel Phoenix,   d. Unknown
     3. Riker, Elizaabeth Platt,   d. Unknown
     4. Riker, Jennet,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F26989  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Sep 1773 - Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Sep 1842 - Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riker-Lent Burial Ground, Astoria, Queens Borough, New York City, Queens County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Richard Riker (1773-1842)
    Richard Riker (1773-1842)
    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riker

  • Notes 
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riker

      Richard Riker (September 9, 1773 - September 26, 1842) was an American lawyer and politician from New York, who served as the first district attorney of what is now New York County, and as recorder of New York City.
      Career

      Riker studied law at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) under Rev. John Witherspoon, and was admitted to the New York state bar in 1795.[1] In 1801, he was appointed to the newly created office of the District Attorney of the First District, where he prosecuted cases in New York, Queens, Kings, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester counties. Before 1801 the New York State Attorney General had personally prosecuted cases. During his tenure, he also served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1806, representing New York City. Riker remained in office until 1810, and then served as district attorney again from 1811 to 1813.[2]

      He served three non-consecutive terms as the Recorder of New York City between 1815 and 1838. In this position, Riker abused the Fugitive Slave Act to send free blacks to the South to be sold into slavery. By the 1830s, abolitionists considered Riker a member of the "Kidnapping Club",[3] along with Daniel D. Nash and Tobias Boudinot, who "boasted that he could 'arrest and send any black to the South.'"[4][5] In 1828, Riker was also made the subject of a satirical poem, "The Recorder" by Fitz-Greene Halleck, which mockingly compared him and other members of the New York party machine to classical figures like Julius Caesar.

      Riker was a close friend of DeWitt Clinton, and both were supporters of Alexander Hamilton, leading to duels with supporters of Hamilton's rival Aaron Burr. Riker served as Clinton's second in a duel with John Swartwout on July 30, 1802 at the dueling grounds in Weehawken, New Jersey, where Swartwout was wounded in the leg. On November 21, 1803, Riker dueled with John Swartwout's brother, Brigadier General Robert Swartwout, at Weehawken in defense of Clinton's honor. Riker was shot in the leg at this duel, giving him a permanent limp.[6][7]

      He was born in Newtown, Queens County, New York, the son of Congressman Samuel Riker and Anna Lawrence Riker, niece of Jonathan Lawrence. In March 1807, Riker married Janette Phoenix, daughter of Daniel Phoenix (ca. 1740-1812, who served as New York City Treasurer, 1784-1809), and they had six children. He was a member of the prominent and wealthy Riker family, which owned Rikers Island, now New York City's primary jail complex, until 1884.[8] The island's name has been the subject of some controversy, and has drawn comparisons between Riker's kidnappings and the disproportionately African-American population of the jail.[7][4]

      Researched by Ted Smith, 17 Aug 2021

  • Sources 
    1. [S2196] Historical genealogy of the Lawrence family : from their first landing in this country, 1635 to the present date, July 4th, 1858, Thomas Lawrence, (E. O. Jenkins), 91 (Reliability: 2), 10 Aug 2019.
      4 Joseph Lawrence, the second son of John Lawrence and Patience Sacket, died at Newtown, 1793, aged 70 ; he married Patience, aunt of the late Bishop Moore, of New York, and was universally respected. His son Richard, who went to Edinburgh to complete his medical education, died after his return, without issue. His sister Ann married Samuel Riker, Esq., who served Queens County in the Assembly in 1784, and was also a representative in Congress several years. He was the father of Hon. Richard Riker, late Recorder of New York, and his brother, John L. Riker, also of Jane, widow of the late Dr. William James Macneven.

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 17 Aug 2021.
      Memorial ID 16587641
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16587641

      Richard Riker
      Birth 9 Sep 1773
      Queens County, New York, USA
      Death 26 Sep 1842 (aged 69)
      Burial
      Riker-Lent Burial Ground
      Astoria, Queens County, New York, USA

      Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Oct 6, 1842

      "DEATH OF RICHARD RIKER - Richard Riker, the well known Recorder of New York died in that city on the 26th ult. He was a humane judge and an honest man."

      Contributed by Graves (#47171280).
      Inscription: 69y 13d

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S740] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/ (Reliability: 2), 17 Aug 2021.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riker

      He was born in Newtown, Queens County, New York, the son of Congressman Samuel Riker and Anna Lawrence Riker, niece of Jonathan Lawrence. In March 1807, Riker married Janette Phoenix, daughter of Daniel Phoenix (ca. 1740-1812, who served as New York City Treasurer, 1784-1809), and they had six children."


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