Biography and History

John S. Hart was a professional educator and author. Born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1810, Hart graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1830 and the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1834. He held a number of administrative positions in secondary schools, as owner of the Edgehill School in New Jersey, principal of Central High School in Philadelphia, and principal of the State Normal School in New Jersey, before returning to the College of New Jersey as a professor of English. Hart also authored a number of books, including Elementary Grammar of the English Language, Essay on the Life and Writings of Edmund Spencer, and In the School Room. He died in 1877.

Source: From the finding aid for C0308

  • John S. Hart Papers. 1826-1875 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0308

    The John S. Hart Papers contains speeches, essays, English lectures, sermons, and poems written by Hart (Princeton Class of 1830), as well as family correspondence and letters which reflect Hart’s professional role in teaching and administration at the Edgehill School, Central High School in Philadelphia, the State Normal School of New Jersey, and at Princeton University.