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HOFFMAN, John Thompson, governor of New York, born in Sing Sing, New York, 10 January, 1828. He was graduated at Union college in 1846, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in January, 1849. He acquired an extensive practice in New York .city, and interested himself in politics, joining the Tammany organization in 1854. He was elected recorder in 1860, re-elected in 1863, and in July of the latter year delivered severe sentences against persons that had been engaged in the draft riots. He was elected by the Democrats mayor of New York city in 1865, and re-elected in 1867. He was first nominated a candidate for governor in 1866, and defeated by Reuben E. Fenton, but in 1868 was re-nominated and elected, and in 1870 was reelected. The "Public Papers of Governor Hoff-man" were published (Albany, 1872).
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