Josiah Ogden Hoffman

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Josiah Ogden Hoffman
Josiah Ogden Hoffman
Josiah Ogden Hoffman and his wife
Born April 14, 1766 (1766-04-14)
Newark, New Jersey
Died January 24, 1837 (1837-01-25) (aged 70)
New York City
Occupation American politician

Josiah Ogden Hoffman (April 14, 1766 – January 24, 1837 New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

He was born on April 14, 1766, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Nicholas Hoffman (1736–1800) and Sarah Ogden Hoffman (1742–1821). He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in New York City, and entered politics as a Federalist. On February 16, 1789, he married Mary Colden (1770–1797), and they had four children, among them Congressman Ogden Hoffman (1794–1856).

Hoffman was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1791, 1792, 1792–93, 1794, 1795. He was New York Attorney General from 1795 to 1802, and was also a member of the State Assembly in 1796–97. On August 7, 1802, he married Maria Fenno (1781–1823, daughter of John Fenno), and they had three children, among them the poet Charles Fenno Hoffman (1806–1884).

He was Recorder of New York City from 1810 to 1811; again a member of the State Assembly in 1812–13; and again Recorder of New York City from 1813 to 1815.

In 1828, he was appointed as one of the first justices (with Samuel Jones and Thomas J. Oakley) of the then established New York City Superior Court, and remained on the bench until his death in 1837.[1]

He died on January 24, 1837, in New York City.

Washington Irving studied law at Hoffman's office and became engaged to his daughter Matilda Hoffman (1792–1809) who died before the marriage could take place.

Gulian C. Verplanck studied law at Hoffman's office, and married Mary Eliza Fenno (died 1817), the sister of Hoffman's second wife.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ [1] History of the City Superior Court, in the New York Times on August 13, 1890
Legal offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Lawrence
New York Attorney General
1795–1802
Succeeded by
Ambrose Spencer
Preceded by
Pierre C. Van Wyck
Recorder of New York City
1810–1811
Succeeded by
Pierre C. Van Wyck
Preceded by
Pierre C. Van Wyck
Recorder of New York City
1813–1815
Succeeded by
Richard Riker