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