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HOFFORD, Martin Lowrie, clergyman and educator, born near Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 27 January, 1825. He was educated at Lafayette and at Princeton, where he was graduated in 1849, studied theology at the Princeton seminary for one year, and became principal of the Camden collegiate institute. While there he organized a church at Beverly, New Jersey, being licensed by the Presbytery in Philadelphia in 1852. In 1855 he was ordained as an evangelist in Burlington, New Jersey In 1860 he became a teacher in the Trenton city institute, and in 1863 took charge of a military institute at Allentown, Pennsylvania, which flourished under his administration, and was incorporated as Muhlenberg college, in which he was a professor and afterward president. He taught and held pastorates at Camden and Beverly, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in 1868-'78, and then became pastor at Morrisville, Pennsylvania He is the author of devotional songs and gospel hymns that are extensively used.
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