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HOBART, Peter, clergyman, born in Hingham, Norfolk, England, in 1604; died in Hingham, Massachusetts, 20 January, 1678. His father, Edmund Hobart, emigrated to New England in 1633 and settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts, but in 1635 removed to Hingham, which town he represented in the general court from 1639 till 1642. He died in 1646. The son was graduated at Cambridge, England, in 1629, and after teaching a grammar school, held a pastorate in Haverhill, Suffolk, until 1635, when he joined his family in Charlestown, Massachusetts He settled a new town, which he called Hingham, and established a Congregational church, of which he was pastor until his death. Four of his sons, graduates of Harvard, were Congregational clergymen, one of whom was the successor of John Eliot, at Newton, in 1764.--His grandson, Noah, clergyman, born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 2 January, 1705; died in Fairfield, Connecticut, 6 December, 1773, was graduated at Harvard in 1724, and was pastor of a Congregational church in Fairfield, Connecticut, from 7 February, 1733, until his death. He took part in the controversy regarding the Episcopal church, and wrote, in behalf of Presbyterian ordination, a pamphlet entitled " Serious Address to the Episcopal Separation" (1748). He also published several sermons and " Principles of the Congregational Church" (1754).--His son, John Sloss, jurist, born in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1738; died 4 February, 1805, was graduated at Yale in 1757, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practised in New York state. He was a delegate to the provincial convention in 1775, a member of the New York congress, and one of the committee to draft the state constitution, 1 August, 1776. In July, 1777, he became judge of the New York district court. He held important offices in the state during the Revolutionary war, after which he was appointed one of the three judges of the supreme court. He was elected United States senator in January, 1798, but resigned in May, and became judge of the United States district court of New York.
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