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John De Hart (1728-1795) was an American lawyer, jurist, and statesman from Elizabeth, New Jersey. He represented New Jersey as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775.

John De Hart was born at Elizabethtown to Jacob De Hart (1699-1777) and Abigail (Crane) De Hart. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1770. He married Sarah Dagworthy, and they had eight children (John, Jacob, Matthias, Stephen, Sarah, Abigail, Jane, and Louisa).

In 1774 he was named as a delegate to the Continental Congress. While he supported the non-importation agreement and the early petitions to the King, he was in favor of reconciliation. He was returned to the second Congress in 1775, but as differences with Great Britain became more pronounced the Congress began to adopt a harder line. Finally, on November 13, 1775 he wrote hi resignation to the New Jersey Assembly, and they accepted it on November 22.

In 1776, New Jersey began crafting an independent government. De Hart attended the convention, and served on the committee that drafted the state constitution in June. He was appointed to New Jersey's new Supreme Court on September 4, 1776, but made a better living practicing law. Governor Livingston replaced him in February, 1777 for failing to make court sessions.

His last act of public service was as mayor of Elizabethtown (later renamed Elizabeth). He was elected in November of 1789, and served until his death. He died at home on June 1, 1795 and is buried in St. John's Church Yard in Elizabeth. The home that he built in 1766, and lived in for twenty-nine years, is called the De Hart House and stands at Rahway Avenue and Cherry Street in Elizabeth.
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