John Hart

Known by fellow delegate Benjamin Rush as a “plain, honest, well-meaning Jersey farmer,” John Hart lived his life (1711-1779) to the utmost for family, country and independence. Born in Stonington, Connecticut, and later moving to Hopewell, New Jersey, John Hart rose in fame and fortune as a self-educated gentleman and a well-respected farmer. From his diligence and good character, he earned the reputation of “honest John Hart” as a farmer, statesman and patriot; a reputation which would carry throughout his entire life.
Ascending to the position of justice of the peace Hart added the virtue of “fairness” to his growing repertoire, and in 1761 was elected to the New Jersey legislature where he was continually reelected until it dissolved in 1771. In those span of years John Hart opposed the Stamp Act of 1765 where he united with other patriots in believing that “the right to tax the colonies lay with the colonies only – and not with Great Britain.”