E. A. Hoffman

Elisha Albright (E. A.) Hoffman (born May 7, 1839 in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, United States; died 1929 in Chicago, Illinois) was a Presbyterian minister, composer of over 2,000 hymns and editor of over 50 song books. The son of an Evangelical minister, Hoffman grew up singing sacred hymns both in church and in the home with his parents. After completing high school, Hoffman furthered his education at Union Seminary in New Berlin, Pennsylvania, and was subsequently ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1873.

Following his seminary education, Hoffman began work with the publishing branch of the Evangelical Association in Cleveland, Ohio. After serving in this position for 11 years, Hoffman held several pastoral positions in the midwest. He pastored churches in both Cleveland and Grafton, Ohio, in the 1880s; moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan and the First Presbyterian Church in the mid-1890s; and finished his ministry in Cabery, Illinois from 1911-22. Hoffman died in 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, and is buried there in Oak Woods Cemetery.

During the course of his life, Hoffman composed over 2,000 hymns, and edited over 50 song books, including: The Evergreen, 1873; Spiritual Songs for Gospel Meetings and the Sunday School, 1878; Temperance Jewels (Boston, Massachusetts: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1879); Bells of Victory (Boston, Massachusetts: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1888); Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing Company, 1894); Favorite Gospel Songs: A Tune Book (Jersey City, New Jersey: J. N. Davis, 1894); and Jubilant Voices (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing Company, 1907).

Birth and Death Data: Born May 7, 1839, Died January 1, 1929

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4171 10-in. 1/2/1907 Where will you spend eternity? Fred Butler Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-39706 10-in. 7/25/1927 Are you washed in the blood? Dixie Mountaineers ; Ernest V. Stoneman Mixed vocal chorus, with instrumental ensemble composer  
OKeh W80965 10-in. 6/2/1927 I must tell Jesus Giddens Sisters Female vocal trio, with guitars composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402389 10-in. 3/20/1929 Leaning on the everlasting arms The Irene Spain Family Vocal trio, with viola and autoharp lyricist  
Brunswick E30167 10-in. 6/20/1929 I must tell Jesus Old Southern Sacred Singers Male vocal quartet, with organ lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E4969-E4970 10-in. 5/10/1927 Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb Dixie Sacred Singers Male vocal trio, with instrumental quartet composer  


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