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American politician

Josiah Hoffman


January 24, 1837

Josiah Ogden Hoffman

April 14, 1766
Newark, New Jersey

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


Early life

Josiah Ogden Hoffman 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.


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.

From 1810 to 1811, he was Recorder of New York City; 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.

Personal life

On February 16, 1789, he married Mary Colden (1770–1797), and they had four children, including:

  • Alice Anna Hoffman (b. 1790)
  • Sarah Matilda Hoffman (1791–1809), who was engaged to Washington Irving (1783–1859), who studied law at Hoffman's office, but did not wed because of her death before the marriage took place.
  • Ogden Hoffman (1794–1856), a Congressman, who married Emily Burrall and later Virginia Southard.
  • Mary Colden Hoffman (b. 1796)
  • Following his first wife's death in 1797, on August 7, 1802, he married Maria Fenno (1781–1823), daughter of John Fenno (1751–1798), the Federalist editor of the Gazette of the United States. Maria's sister, Mary Eliza Fenmo (d. 1817) married Gulian C. Verplanck. Together, HOffman and Maria had three children, including:

  • Charles Fenno Hoffman (1806–1884), the poet
  • Hoffman died on January 24, 1837, in New York City.


    His grandson was Ogden Hoffman, Jr. (1822–1891), a United States federal judge.


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