Biography of Arthur E. Hoffman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ARTHUR EDWIN HOFFMAN. One of the progressive business men and citizens of the South End of Cleveland is Arthur E. Hoffman, secretarytreasurer of the A. E. Hoffman Company, real estate operators and builders, which company has been an important factor in the development of the Brooklyn section of the city.

Mr. Hoffman is of the third generation of his family in Cuyahoga County, the family having been settled here nearly three quarters of a century ago by his grandfather, Jacob Hoffman, a native of Germany. Soon after his marriage in the old country Jacob Hoffman came to the United States. Coming direct to Cleveland, he settled in Parma Township and was engaged in farming his own land for many years, and on his farm he and his wife, Catherine, passed the remainder of their lives.

Andrew E. Hoffman, son of Jacob and Catherine Hoffman, and father of Arthur E., was born on the family homestead in Parma Township in 1852. When he was a lad of about fifteen years he came into the city and served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade, worked at his trade as a journeyman for a number of years, and then engaged in contracting and building on his own account, and has since continued. He is still active in business as president of the A. E. Hoffman Company. Mr. Hoffman married Lena Killer, who was born in Cleveland in 1855.

Arthur E. Hoffman was born in the family home on Walton Avenue, Cleveland, on December 18, 1885. He attended the Sackett Public School and completed the course at the Spencerian Business College. He entered the employ of the Home Savings & Banking Company, where he continued for two years, then spent two years with the Forest City Savings & Trust Company, and then became an employe in the Pearl Street Savings & Trust Company, with which institution he is now identified as a member of its board of directors.

In 1909 Mr. Hoffman became associated with his father in the building and contracting business, they organizing the A. E. Hoffman Company, of which he became secretary and treasurer. In 1913 the business was incorporated under the old name and officers, and has since continued as one of the important business organizations of the city. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Pearl Road Company, a corporation handling real estate.

Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and takes an active part in the civic affairs of the community. He is a member of Elbrook Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Forest City Commandery, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory, Scottish Rite, thirty second degree, Al Koran Temple, Mystic Shrine, and Al Sirat Grotto.

Mr. Hoffman married Miss Anna Bush, who was born in Cleveland, the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Bush, and to their union two sons have been born, Robert Arthur and Kenneth Andrew.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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