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John Hart


[A] Delegate from New Jersey; born in Stonington, Conn., about 1707; 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; when the British troops invaded New Jersey his estate was devastated, and he was forced to flee to the forests to save his life; returned to his home after the capture of the Hessians by General Washington; died on his estate near Hopewell, Hunterdon County, N.J., on May 11, 1779; interment in the First Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopewell, N. J.

Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971. United States Printing Office: 1971. Page 1080.


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