Hart, John (1711?–1779), an American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hart was born in Stonington, Connecticut, but grew up in New Jersey. He became a wealthy farmer and businessman. Hart served in the New Jersey colonial assembly, 1761–71, and the Continental Congress in 1776. He was speaker of the first New Jersey state assembly, 1776–78.
President Jefferson sent a couple of his representatives over to France to buy the city of New Orleans. What he got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.
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