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Josiah Ogden Hoffman

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


He was the son of Nicholas Hoffman (1736–1800) and Sarah Ogden Hoffman (1742–1821). He was a Federalist member from New York County of the New York State Assembly in 1790-91. He was New York State Attorney General from 1795 to 1802. In 1828, he became one of the original justices (with Samuel Jones and Thomas J. Oakley) of the then established New York City Superior Court.


He married Mary Colden, and their son was Ogden Hoffman (1794–1856, NY Attorney General 1854-1855). On August 7, 1802, he married his second wife, Maria Fenno (1781–1823, daughter of John Fenno), their son was Charles Fenno Hoffman (1806–1884).

Washington Irving studied law at Hoffman's law office and became engaged to his daughter Matilda Hoffman (1791–1809) who died before the marriage could take place.

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


  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] History of the City Superior Court, in NYT on August 13, 1890
Legal offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Lawrence
New York State 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

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