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.
In the dark of night on Dec. 16, 1773, residents of Boston poured more than 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor. But they weren't trying to set a world record for the most cups of tea made at one time. They were protesting the British government.
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.