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Ogden Hoffman

Also Known As: "Josiah"
Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: May 1, 1856 (61)
New York, New York, United States (congestion of the lungs)
Immediate Family:

Son of NY St. Atty Gen. Josiah O. Hoffman and Maria Hoffman
Husband of Emily Wickham Hoffman
Father of Judge Ogden Hoffman, Jr. and Charles Burrall Hoffman
Brother of Anna Nicholas; Matilda Hoffman and Mary Colden Rhinelander
Half brother of Charles Fenno Hoffman and George Edward Hoffman

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About Ogden Hoffman, US Congress

Ogden Hoffman (October 13, 1794 – May 1, 1856) was an American lawyer and politician.

Hoffman was born on October 13, 1794, the son of New York Attorney General Josiah Ogden Hoffman (1766–1837) and Mary (Colden) Hoffman. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Columbia College in 1812. He served for three years in the Navy and was warranted a midshipman in 1814. He took part in the War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War as a crew member on the USS President, and was taken prisoner when the President was captured in 1814.

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Goshen, New York. He was District Attorney of Orange County from May 1823 to January 1826. Then he returned to New York City and became the law partner of Hugh Maxwell, at the time D.A. of New York.

Hoffman was a member of the New York State Assembly, from Orange County in 1826, and from New York County in 1828. He was D.A. of New York County from 1829 to 1835. After the removal of the federal deposits from the Second Bank of the United States in 1833, he abandoned Tammany Hall and the Democratic Party, and joined the Whigs. In 1836, Hoffman defended Richard P. Robinson at his trial for the murder of Helen Jewett, and got his client acquitted.

Hoffman was elected as a Whig to the 25th and 26th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1841. He was United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1841 to 1845; and was New York State Attorney General from 1854 to 1855, elected on the Whig ticket in November 1853.

He died at his residence, at Ninth Street in New York City, of "congestion of the lungs", and was buried in the St. Mark's Church vault. His son, Ogden Hoffman, Jr., was also a lawyer, and became the first United States federal judge in the newly admitted state of California.



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Ogden Hoffman, US Congress's Timeline

October 13, 1794
New York, New York, United States
October 16, 1822
Age 28
New York, New York, United States
Age 33
May 1, 1856
Age 61
New York, New York, United States