Hart, John, c. 1711-1779
John Hart (c. 1711 – May 11, 1779) was a public official and politician in colonial New Jersey who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. He is thus considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Raised in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, Hart was elected to the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1750. He was first elected to the New Jersey Colonial Assembly in 1761 and served there until 1771. He was appointed to the local Committee of safety and the Committee of correspondence, and became a judge on the Court of Common Pleas. When New Jersey formed a revolutionary assembly (or provincial congress) in 1776, he was elected to it and served as its vice president. Prior to June 1776, the New Jersey delegation in the First Continental Congress was opposed to independence. As a result, the entire delegation was replaced, and Hart was one of those selected for the Second Continental Congress. He joined in time to vote for and sign the Declaration of Independence. He served until August of that year, then was elected speaker of the newly formed New Jersey General Assembly.
On November 7, 1778, Hart returned to Hopewell from the Assembly in Trenton. Two days later, he indicated that he was too ill with "gravel" (kidney stones) to return. He continued to suffer from the painful affliction for more than six months until his death on May 11, 1779, at age 65. He is buried at the Old Baptist Meeting House, to which he had donated land.
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|associatedWith||Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876||person|
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|associatedWith||DeHart, John, fl. 1764, 1774.||person|
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|associatedWith||Hall, Henry Bryan, fl. 1850-1900.||person|
|associatedWith||Mott, James, 1739-1823.||person|
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|associatedWith||Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952,||person|
|associatedWith||Smyth, John, 1722-1786.||person|
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|associatedWith||Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902-||person|
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