Biography of Francis L. Hoff


Hoff, Francis L., Buffalo, is descended from Richard Hoff, who settled at what is now Spraker's Basin, Montgomery county, N. Y., early in the eighteenth century, and who participated in the Revolutionary war as a private in Captain Fisher's company of the third Tryon County Regiment Militia. Members of the Hoff family have figured prominently in civil and military affairs, notably Captain Hoff of the U. S. Navy, and John Van Rensselaer Hoff of Governor's Island, New York. They are of Holland Dutch descent. Francis L. Hoff is a son of John D. and Harriet (Watts) Hoff, and was born in Savannah, Wayne county, N. Y., December 27, 1862. He attended the public schools of his native town and was graduated from the Union Academy at Newark, N. Y., where his grandfather, John Hoff, was an early settler. In 1885 Mr. Hoff came to Buffalo as a stenographer for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company, and two years later went to Dunkirk, N. Y., to take charge of the affairs of the Martin Anti-fire Car Heater Company, which position he filled until 1894. He then returned to Buffalo, where he has been engaged in the investment brokerage business. Mr. Hoff is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and of the Ellicott and Buffalo Yacht Clubs and Buffalo Republican League. He was married June 2, 1887, to Katherine, daughter of James Hoff, of Fulton, Oswego county, N. Y., and they have two sons, Schuyler Leslie and Nelson Pruyn.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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