Garret K. Hart is an attorney of Knoxville who devotes much time to the abstract business, which he has found
to his liking and profitable. He was born on the 22d of April, 1846, in New Jersey, a son of John T. and Mercy
(Howell) Hart. The former was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, and the latter in Warren county, that state. The
paternal grandfather was John Hart of New Jersey, of English descent, the family emigrating to this country from
England in the pre Revolutionary period. The maternal grandfather was Levi Howell and he came of Dutch ancestry.
After completing his public school course in New Jersey, Garret K. Hart attended Heidelberg College at Tiffin,
Ohio, for two years, and in the early part of the year 186 came to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he entered the law office
of Lafferty & Johnson, as student, and was admitted to the bar at the spring term of 1871 of the district court
of Mahaska county, Iowa. He is recognized as a capable attorney and still appears as counsel in trials, but a great
deal of his attention is given to the abstract business in which he has been engaged for a number of years.
Mr. Hart was married in New Jersey, March 23, 1871, to Miss Henrietta Samantha Van Horn, a daughter of Isaac and
Rebecca (Stillwell) Van Horn, and settled in Knoxville, Iowa, where he has resided ever since. The one child of
this union, Tobias Van Horn, married Miss Blanche vander Linden, of Pella, Iowa, and has two children. Mrs. Henrietta
Samantha Hart passed away November 27, 1912.
Mr. Hart is a member of the Methodist church and fraternally affiliates with the Masons and the Odd Fellows. He
is a republican in politics and takes a praiseworthy interest in public affairs. As an attorney, as a business
man and as a citizen he conforms his life to high standards and has won the unqualified respect of his fellow townsmen.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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