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.
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