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John Hart Brewer

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Hezekiah Bradley Smith
Succeeded by James Buchanan

Born March 29, 1844
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died December 21, 1900
Trenton, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Profession Politician

John Hart Brewer (March 29, 1844 – December 21, 1900) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1881 to 1885. Brewer was the great-great-great grandson of John Hart, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Brewer attended the Lawrenceville schools and Trenton Academy, and graduated from the Delaware Literary Institution, Franklin, New York, in 1862. He moved to Trenton, New Jersey, in 1865 and engaged in the manufacture of pottery. He served as member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1876. He served as president of the National Potters' Association in 1879.

Brewer was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1885.

After leaving Congress, he resumed the manufacture of pottery until 1895, when he engaged in the insurance business. He was appointed assistant appraiser of merchandise at the port of New York City by President McKinley and served until his death in Trenton, New Jersey, December 21, 1900. He was interred in Riverview Cemetery in Trenton.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hezekiah Bradley Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
James Buchanan


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