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Rezanov, Nikolai Petrovich (28 March 1764–01 March 1807), colonial administrator, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, the son of Petr Gavrilovich Rezanov, a judge; his mother’s name is unknown. He received his primary education at home. After short service in the army and civil duties of little significance, Rezanov became chief clerk in the office of Count Ivan G. Chernyshev, vice president of the Admiralty College. After his family friend Gavriil R. Derzhavin was appointed secretary for senate reports, Rezanov became chief clerk in Derzhavin’s office. For some time Rezanov served also in the office of Empress Catherine’s favorite prince, Platon A. Zubov, and carried out several special assignments for the empress....