DE HART, John, (1728 - 1795)


DE HART, John, a Delegate from New Jersey; born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J., in 1728; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; was made a sergeant-at-law on September 11, 1770; was one of the signers of the Articles of Association in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; member of the committee who prepared the draft for the New Jersey State constitution in June 1776; elected chief justice of the State supreme court September 4, 1776, and served until February 5, 1777; mayor of Elizabethtown under the revised charter and served from November 1789 until his death; died in Elizabethtown, N.J., June 1, 1795; interment in St. John's Churchyard.