VARNUM, John (1778-1836)

VARNUM, JOHN, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Dracut, Middlesex County, Mass., June 25, 1778; was graduated from Harvard University in 1798; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Haverhill, Mass., in 1802; was elected as a Federalist to the State senate in 1811; moved to Lowell, Mass.; elected to the Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1831); returned to Lowell, Mass., and later moved to Niles, Berrien County, Mich., where he died July 23, 1836; interment in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Jeremy Robinson Papers, 1806-1832, approximately 1400 items.
Correspondents include John Varnum. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Varnum Family Papers, 1811-1843, 1 narrow box.
Persons represented include John Varnum.

Papers: In the Varnum Family Papers II, 1795-1893, 1 box.
Persons represented include John Varnum.


Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: In the James Henry Duncan Papers, 1668-1910, 3.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Varnum.

  • Kaplan, Lawrence S. "Document: A New Englander Defends the War of 1812: Senator Varnum to Judge Thacher." Mid-America 46 (October 1964): 269-80.