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First Name: Thomas

Last Name: Hart

Birthplace: Hanover County, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 11 December 1730

Date of Death: 23 June 1808

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Thomas Hart

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


Thomas Hart
Colonel, Continental Army

Thomas Hart was born on 11 December 1730 on a plantation in Hanover County, VA. His family moved to Orange County, NC, in 1755.

In North Carolina he served two terms as Sheriff of Orange County and was elected as a Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1777. In the Revolutionary War, he was a Colonel in the Sixth North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army.

He owned a 1/8 interest in the Transylvania Company which purchased some twenty million acres of land in Kentucky and Tennessee from the Cherokee Indians in 1775 and attempted to form a fourteenth state named Transylvania. This was the largest land deal in the history of North America. Virginia and North Carolina took the land but awarded the Company large land grants for its service in settling the west.

In 1794 Hart moved to Lexington, KY, where he engaged in the rope and hemp business. He was the father-in-law of Henry Clay, Kentucky statesman, and James Brown, U.S. Senator from Louisiana and Minister to France.

Death and Burial

Colonel Thomas Hart died on 23 June 1808. He is buried at the Old Episcopal Third Street Cemetery in Lexington, KY.

Honoree ID: 2609   Created by: MHOH




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