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HART, John Seely, author, born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 28 January, 1810; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 March, 1877. His family removed to Pennsylvania, and settled at Wilkesbarre. John was graduated at Princeton in 1830, and after teaching a year in Natchez, Mississippi, became tutor in Princeton in 1832, and in 1834 adjunct professor of ancient languages. From 1836 till 1841 he was in charge of the Edgehill school. From 1842 till 1859 he was principal of the Philadelphia high school, and in 1863-'71 of the New Jersey state normal school at Trenton. In 1872 he became professor of rhetoric and the English language at Princeton. In 1848 he received the degree of LL. D. from Miami university. Mr. Hart contributed largely to religious and educational literature. He edited the "Pennsylvania Common School Journal" in 1844, "Sartains Magazine" in 1849-'51, founded the "Sunday School Times" in 1859, and edited it until 1871, and in 1860 edited the publications of the Sunday school union. He published " Reports of the Philadelphia High School" (Philadelphia, 1842-'59); "Class Book of Poetry" and "Class Book of Prose" (1844);" "Essay on the Life and Writings of Edmund Spenser" (New York and London, 1847): the philological volume of the reports of the Wilkes exploring expedition (1849-'51); "In the School Room" (Philadelphia, 1868); "Manual of Composition and Rhetoric" (1870); "Manual of English Literature" (1872); "Manual of American Literature" (1873); and "Short Course in English and American Literature " (1874).
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