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John HART

(17131779)

HART, John, (great-great-great grandfather of John Hart Brewer), a Delegate from New Jersey; born in Stonington, Conn., about 1713; moved with his parents to Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, N.J.; attended private school; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the Provincial Assembly of New Jersey 1761-1771; judge of Hunterdon County courts 1768-1775; member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress from May 23, 1775, to June 22, 1776, and was elected vice president on June 16, 1776; member of the committee of safety from August 17 to October 4, 1775, and again from October 28, 1775, to January 31, 1776; Member of the Continental Congress from June 22 to August 30, 1776; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; elected to the first State general assembly under the State constitution in August 1776 and reelected in 1777 and 1778; served as speaker 1776-1778; chairman of the New Jersey Council of Safety in 1777 and 1778; died on his estate near Hopewell, Hunterdon County, N.J., on May 11, 1779; interment in the Old School Baptist Meeting House Burial Ground, Hopewell, N.J.

Bibliography

Hammond, Cleon E. John Hart: The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Newfane, VT: Pioneer Press, 1977.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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