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HOFFMAN, Michael, politician, born in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, New York, in 1788; died in Brooklyn, New York, 27 September, 1848. He studied medicine, and afterward law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice at Herkimer. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1824, and re-elected for the three succeeding terms, serving from 5 December, 1825, to 2 March, 1833. In 1833-'5 he was canal commissioner of the state of New York. He was appointed register of the land-office at Saginaw, Ill., in 1836, subsequently returned to Herkimer, and was a member of the New York legislature in 1841, 1842, and 1844, and of the State constitutional convention in 1846. As chairman of the committee of ways and means in the assembly, and of the committee on finance in the convention, he originated and carried through important financial reforms. He was at the time of his death naval officer of the port of New York.
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