Benjamin Hart, businessman (b at Montréal 10 Aug 1779; d at New York, NY 27 Feb 1855). Brother of Moses Hart and son of Aaron Hart, a prominent Trois-Rivières merchant, Benjamin followed his father's occupation, first at Trois-Rivières and Montréal, then almost exclusively in Montréal. A persistent advocate of Jewish civil liberties, in 1833 he was offered an appointment as a Montréal justice of the peace, as were Samuel B. Hart and Moses Hayes; he and Hayes refused the appointment until 1837 when legislation was passed enabling Jews to take an oath of office which was not repugnant to their religion. Benjamin Hart was also a leading advocate of the revival and restoration of Montréal's Shearith Israel Synagogue. A wealthy merchant, a generous patron of charitable organizations, an outspoken opponent of the Patriote cause and a member of the militia, in 1849 Hart signed the Annexation Manifesto. Shortly thereafter he moved to New York.
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- Miller, Carman. "Benjamin Hart". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 14 December 2013, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-hart. Accessed 01 December 2023.
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- Miller, C. (2013). Benjamin Hart. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-hart
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- Miller, Carman. "Benjamin Hart." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published June 02, 2008; Last Edited December 14, 2013.
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- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Benjamin Hart," by Carman Miller, Accessed December 01, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-hart
Article by Carman Miller
Published Online June 2, 2008
Last Edited December 14, 2013