Hoffman, Ogden, 1822-1891

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Birth 1822-10-16
Death 1891-08-09

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Ogden Hoffman was born October 16, 1822 in New York, the son and grandson of accomplished lawyers in that state. He graduated from Columbia College in 1840 and commenced the study of law, after which he established practice in New York City for three years. Hoffman arrived in San Francisco on May 16, 1850 and opened a law office; in March of 1851 he was appointed United States District Judge for the Northern District of California by President Millard Fillmore. Many of his decisions in this capacity involved settlement of land titles relating to conflicts between the Federal government and claimants of Mexican land grants. Hoffman died at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco on August 9, 1891.

From the description of Ogden Hoffman habeas corpus, 1851. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 230761321

Became first U.S. District Judge of the Northern California District in 1851.

From the description of Ogden Hoffman letter : San Francisco, Calif, to his father, ALS, 15 Feb 1851. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 35583578

Ogden Hoffman, Jr., was born in New York City on October 16, 1822. He received a degree from Harvard Law School in 1842 and maintained a private practice in New York until about 1850. In February 1851, Hoffman was nominated by Millard Fillmore to a seat on the United States District Court for the northern district of California. From 1852 until 1854 he also served on the District Court for southern California. In 1866 he was assigned to the newly unified United States District Court for the District of California, and served until 1891. Hoffman died in San Francisco on August 9, 1891.

From the description of Letter to Ogden Hoffman, Sr. [facsimile], 1851, February 15. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 658899139


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