Born: May 7, 1839, Or­wigs­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: No­vem­ber 25, 1929, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Oak Woods Cem­e­te­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

A min­is­ter’s son, Hoffman at­tend­ed Un­ion Sem­in­ary in New Ber­lin, Penn­syl­van­ia, and was or­dained in 1868. Af­ter­ward, he worked with the Evan­gel­ic­al As­so­ci­a­tion’s pub­lish­ing arm in Cleve­land, Ohio for 11 years. He pas­tored in Cleve­land and Graft­on, Ohio, in the 1880s; at the First Presby­ter­i­an Church in Ben­ton Har­bor, Mich­i­gan, around the turn of the cen­tu­ry; and in Ca­bery, Ill­i­nois (1911-1922). In his life­time, he wrote over 2,000 Gos­pel songs. The 50 song books he edit­ed in­clude:



  1. Are You Washed in the Blood?
  2. Down at the Cross
  3. Down Low at My Redeemer’s Feet
  4. Draw Me Closer, Lord, to Thee
  5. Enough for Me
  6. Give Him the Glory
  7. Hallowed Hour of Prayer
  8. I Must Tell Jesus
  9. Is It Not Wonderful?
  10. Is Thy Heart Right with God?
  11. Is Your All on the Altar?
  12. It Is Mine
  13. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  14. Lord I Am Fondly, Earnestly Longing
  15. Lord Is Coming By and By, The
  16. No Other Friend Like Jesus
  17. Over the Rolling Sea
  18. Power for Service
  19. Sing of Jesus
  20. Speed the Light
  21. What a Wonderful Savior!
  22. Where Will You Spend Eternity?
  23. Would You Know Why I Love Jesus?