John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot

A true unsung hero, John Hart is among the earliest but least known

New Jersey leaders of the American Revolution.  He was one of  five delegates from New Jersey who voted for and signed the Declaration

of Independence. Later,  after serving as a Judge, Justice of the

Peace, and Legislator he became the Garden State’s first Speaker of

the General Assembly.  

Learn more about this often overlooked rebel and the hardships and deprivations he and his family endured during those tumultuous times in the documentary from Dave Hart & Jarvis Video Productions, 

“John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot.”  

For further reading, be sure to pick up the regional best-selling novel TRENTON, by Dave Hart & John Calu, as his legacy of hope is carried on to a reimagined, contemporary Trenton - a resurging city where the fight for the freedom of all Americans is on the cusp of being realized.

The goal of this project is to produce a high quality documentary video

on the life and times of John Hart,  the obscure founding father from

Hopewell, who is best known as a Signer of the Declaration of Indepen-

dence and New Jersey’s first Speaker of the General Assembly.

The documentary casts a spotlight on this long-neglected patriot’s

accomplishments in order to evaluate the contributions he made to the

cause of liberty, freedom and the democratic ideals of a self-government

in comparison to his more celebrated contemporaries Benjamin Franklin,

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, all of whom he knew on both

a personal and professional level.

A feature length documentary based upon the captivating novel

Copyright © 2018 Dave Hart

Documentary by Dave Hart & Jarvis Video Productions

Dave Hart  &  John Calu

Music by Frank J. Pinto


Because John Hart was at the core an honest, self-educated, rural New Jersey farmer and not a man of letters like many of the other Revolutionary leaders, his story is particularly intriguing. He was but a common man who put the interests of others before those of his own. A man of impeccable integrity whose word was his bond he built a reputation within his community that ultimately extended to the world stage based simply on the principles he lived by.