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Elisha Albright Hoffman
Birth: May 7, 1839
Orwigsburg
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1929
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Hymn Composer. The author of over 2,000 hymns which are still available in print, he is remembered his widely popular songs "What a Wonderful Savior!," "Enough for Me," "Is Thy Heart Right With God?," "Are You Washed in the Blood?," "No Other Friend Like Jesus," "Is Your All on the Altar?," and "I Must Tell Jesus." He also wrote the verses to ever-popular hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in conjunction with Anthony J. Showalter, who wrote the music and the chorus. Born in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of an Evangelical minister, he grew up singing sacred hymns both in church and in the home with his parents. He possessed natural musical abilities and never attended a music school. After completing high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he attended Union Seminary in New Berlin, Pennsylvania. During the American Civil War, he enlisted as a private in the Union Army in July 1863, serving with Company A, 47th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, but was discharged a month later. In 1868 he was subsequently ordained as a Presbyterian minister and for the next 11 years he worked with the publishing branch of the Evangelical Association in Cleveland, Ohio, after which he pastored churches for the next 42 years in Cleveland, Grafton, Ohio, Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Cabery, Illinois. He also assisted in the compilation and editing process of over 50 different song books. He died in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 90. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis A. Hoffman (1806 - 1894)
 
 Spouse:
  Susan M Orwig Hoffman (1844 - 1876)*
 
 Sibling:
  Hannah Louisa Hoffman Clewell (1834 - 1908)*
  Elisha Albright Hoffman (1839 - 1929)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Woods Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section S, Division 1, Lot 54 - 7 1/2 N 4 1/2 W
 
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Record added: Jun 04, 2000
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- Jeff Easter
 Added: Mar. 25, 2016
RIP. Thank you for the wonderful songs!
- Hiwater
 Added: Jan. 10, 2016
As a Southern Baptist from Texas, I have sang your hymns many times. Well done, Brother - RIP.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 12, 2015
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