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John Sloss Hobart

In office
January 11, 1798 - April 16, 1798
Preceded by Philip Schuyler
Succeeded by William North

Born May 6, 1738
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Died February 4, 1805 (aged 66)
New York, New York, USA
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Mary Greenill

John Sloss Hobart (May 6, 1738 – February 4, 1805) was an American jurist and politician. He was a member of the Federalist Party who served as United States Senator from New York.


Early life

Hobart was born in Fairfield, Connecticut to Noah Hobart and Ellen Sloss. He graduated from Yale College in 1757 where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York. On June 22, 1764 he married Mary Greenill, they had no children.

Career in New York

Hobart was member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1774. He was a Deputy to the Provincial Convention of New York in 1775, was also a delegate to the Provincial Congress from 1775 to 1777, and was a member of the council of safety in 1777. He was a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York from 1777 to 1798, member of the Hartford convention in 1780, and member of the State convention in 1788 which ratified the United States Constitution.

Federal career

Hobart was elected to the United States Senate as a Federalist to fill the vacancy caused by Philip Schuyler's resignation for health reasons, serving from January 11, 1798 to April 16, 1798, until his own resignation to accept an appointment to the federal court system. He was nominated to the federal bench by John Adams on April 11, 1798 and was confirmed by the Senate on April 12, 1798. He served on the bench of the United States District Court for the District of New York until his death.


Hobart died in New York City and is interred at Trinity Church Cemetery.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Philip Schuyler
United States Senator (Class 1) from New York
Served alongside: John Laurance
Succeeded by
William North


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