John Hart, Portrait of a Patriot

“John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot,” a 70 minute documentary that examines the life of one of the five New Jersey Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the state's first elected Speaker of the General Assembly.

Farmer, judge, legislator and family man John Hart played an essential role during the early days of the American Revolution in leading the political charge against the Crown and in shaping New Jersey's transition from colony to statehood.  

Cast upon the world stage in the fight for our country’s freedom and working alongside the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington the obscure John Hart is the embodiment of the everyman, who along with his family, is forced to endure the hardships and deprivations of the tumultuous times.

So how is it that this unsung hero, who escaped capture from the marauding enemy in the winter of 1776 -77 by hiding out alone in the formidable wilderness of the Sourland  Mountains, and who was so instrumental in the struggle to secure our country's independence, is virtually forgotten and ignored by mainstream history books?

  • Dave Hart
  • Dave Hart
  • Mark Violi
  • Dave Hart Executive Producer
  • John Calu
  • Kirk Jarvis 11thour Productions
  • Tim Anderson
    Key Cast
    "John Hart"
  • Richard Patterson
    Key Cast
    "On Camera Historian"
  • William Kidder
    Key Cast
    "On Camera Historian"
  • Nikki Bell
    Key Cast
    "Deborah Hart"
  • Algernon Ward
    Key Cast
  • James Cordingley
    Key Cast
    "Samuel Tucker"
  • Sam Davis
    Key Cast
    "George Washington"
  • Joe Doyle
    Key Cast
    "John Adams"
  • Jim Carlucci
    Key Cast
    "Benjamin Franklin"
  • Kirk Jarvis
    Director of Photography/Editor
  • Frank Pinto
    Music Composition
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    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    High Definition
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Director Biography - Dave Hart

An award-winning songwriter, author, researcher and historian Dave Hart is a descendant of a New Jersey Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He is a Trustee for the Trenton Historical Society and a life member of the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society.

His recent publications, written with his long-time collaborator John Calu include TRENTON, a historical novel and ADVENTURES ALONG THE JERSEY SHORE featuring many myths, legends and everyday mysteries of Garden State. For more information check out the publisher’s website at

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