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HOFFMAN, Eugene Augustus, clergyman, born in New York city, 21 March, 1829. He was graduated at Harvard in 1848, and from the General theological seminary in 1851, and was ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1851-'3 he was engaged in missionary work in Elizabethport, New Jersey, and then was called to Christ church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he continued for ten years, after which he had St. Mary's church in Burlington, New Jersey, until 1864. During these years he built Christ church and rectory in Elizabeth, St. Stephen's church in Milburn, and' Trinity church in Woodbridge, New Jersey He was rector of Grace church on Brooklyn heights in 1864-'9, and of St. Mark's church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1869-'79. He then became dean of the General theological seminary in New York city, which post he still holds. In connection with his father, Samuel Yerplanek Hoffman, he endowed the chair of pastoral theology with $80,000, and on the death of the former his mother contributed , $125,000 for the building of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd as a memorial to her husband, and for other purposes she contributed generously during her lifetime to the support of the seminary. The deanery is the gift of Dr. Hoff-man himself, who, in 1864, received the degree of D. D. from Rutgers, and from Racine in 1382. He is the author of "Free Churches," "The Eucharistic Week," and other works.--His brother, Charles Frederick, clergyman, born in New York city, 18 November, 1834, was graduated at Trinity in 1851, and was subsequently ordained to priest's orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1872 he was called to All Angels' church in New York city. In 1881 he received the degree of S. T. D. from Rutgers, and has given largely to the support of the General theological seminary. Dr. Hoffman, in December, 1888, agreed to erect a new church for his parish, on the west side of Central Park, at a cost of not less than $100,000.
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