MG Roy Hoffman

MG Roy Hoffman

Erie, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
Death 18 Jun 1953 (aged 84)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Section 8
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Republished with permission, Copyright 2011, The Oklahoman
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The Archivist: Oklahoma's renaissance man was into everything but train robbing
Inducted posthumously into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, Maj. Gen. Roy V. Hoffman's obituary tells of his diverse influence on Oklahoma's history.

Published: March 22, 2011
Several men were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. One of the inductees was Army Maj. Gen. Roy V. Hoffman.

Maj. Gen. Roy Hoffman was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame last fall. Photo provided Photo Provided

The Archivist: Oklahoma's renaissance man was into everything but train robbing

Hoffman was posthumously honored and his service was summarized in an article in The Oklahoman published Sept. 7, 2010:
"Maj. Gen. Roy V. Hoffman was born in Kansas and came to Oklahoma Territory on the eve of the 1889 Land Run. During the Spanish-American War, he entered the Army as a private. Soon he was commissioned as a captain of infantry in the U.S. Volunteers. In 1899, he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Hoffman served in France during World War I and in the Officers Reserve Corps until 1931, when he was appointed major general and commanded the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma National Guard. He retired from military service in June 1933. Hoffman died June 18, 1953."

While that statement summarizes his military life, reading his obituary, published in The Oklahoman on June 19, 1953, tells the story of a multi-faceted man.

"The full and exciting career of Roy Hoffman, 84, one of Oklahoma's best known citizens, ended Thursday with his death".

"Newspaperman, lawyer, judge, statesman and soldier, Hoffman probably was best known for his military exploits. He served every rank from private to major general."

Roy Hoffman was born June 13, 1869, in Kansas and at 19 years old, he participated in the Land Run of 1889, settling at Guthrie.
It was in Guthrie that he became a newspaper man.

"My brief and transitory newspaper experience began in Guthrie in the early days when it was a tent city and shortly after the opening," Gen. Hoffman wrote years later.

Guthrie residents of the Democratic persuasion did not have a newspaper to support their point of view, so Hoffman started the Guthrie Daily Leader, the first daily newspaper in the territory.

"Having tried farming, cowpunching, school teaching, short-hand reporting, I thought I was eminently qualified for the service," The Oklahoman quoted Hoffman as saying.

Hoffman was accepted to the state bar in 1891 and would practice law for 46 years. He was appointed an assistant U.S. district attorney, but resigned to begin his military career, when he enlisted for the Spanish-American War.
Returning from the war, Hoffman settled in Chandler, OK and practiced law, until moving to Oklahoma City in 1914. He served as county attorney for several counties. He had experience as both a prosecution and defense lawyer, having participated in more than 100 cases.

He was a very successful attorney, representing Phillips Petroleum, Standard of Indiana and the Prairie Oil Co., the precursor of Sinclair Oil Co.

Hoffman served as a director of First National Bank and had other businesses. For a newspaper questionnaire he wrote about his business experiences: "Have been into nearly everything except train robbing."

***Hoffman helped organize the American Legion, served as a committeeman for the Democratic Party and belonged to many civic and social organizations.

Gen. Roy Hoffman arrived in Oklahoma at 19, started a newspaper, served in the military, practiced as an attorney, served in state government, helped lead the Democratic Party, and he was a husband, and the father of two sons and a daughter.

Roy Hoffman was an Oklahoma renaissance man.


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