Ogden Hoffman

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Ogden Hoffman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
1837 – 1841
with Churchill C. Cambreleng 1837–39, Ely Moore 1837–39, Edward Curtis 1837–41, James Monroe 1839–41 and Moses H. Grinnell 1839–41
Preceded by Churchill C. Cambreleng, Gideon Lee, Ely Moore, John McKeon
Succeeded by Charles G. Ferris, Fernando Wood, James I. Roosevelt, John McKeon
Personal details
Born (1794-10-13)October 13, 1794
Manhattan, New York
Died May 1, 1856(1856-05-01) (aged 61)
New York City
Political party Democratic Party
Whig
Spouse(s) Emily Burrall
Virginia Southard
Children 5
Parents Josiah Ogden Hoffman
Mary Colden

Ogden Hoffman (October 13, 1794 – May 1, 1856) was an American lawyer and politician who served two terms in the United States House of Representatives.

Life[edit]

Ogden 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.[1]

Career[edit]

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.

After leaving the Navy he studied law under his father, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and commenced practice in Goshen, New York.

Political career[edit]

Hoffman was District Attorney of Orange County from May 1823 to January 1826, and a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co.) in 1826. He then returned to New York City and there practiced law in partnership with Hugh Maxwell, who was New York County District Attorney.

Hoffman was again a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1828; and was New York County District Attorney from 1829 to 1835.

He disagreed with the Jackson administration over the need for a federally chartered central bank, and abandoned Tammany Hall and the Democratic Party for the Whigs after Jackson's decision not to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.

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, holding office 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 Attorney General from 1854 to 1855, elected on the Whig ticket at the New York state election, 1853.

Personal life[edit]

On June 27, 1819, he married Emily Burrall, and they had two children:

In November 1838, he married Virginia Southard (died 1886), and they had three children.

He died on May 1, 1856, at his home on Ninth Street in New York City, of "congestion of the lungs." He was buried at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hugh Maxwell
New York County District Attorney
1829–1835
Succeeded by
Thomas Phoenix
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng,
Gideon Lee,
Ely Moore,
John McKeon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

1837–1841
with Churchill C. Cambreleng 1837–39, Ely Moore 1837–39, Edward Curtis 1837–41, James Monroe 1839–41 and Moses H. Grinnell 1839–41
Succeeded by
Charles G. Ferris,
Fernando Wood,
James I. Roosevelt,
John McKeon
Legal offices
Preceded by
Benjamin F. Butler
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
1841–1845
Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Butler
Preceded by
Gardner Stow
New York Attorney General
1854–1855
Succeeded by
Stephen B. Cushing