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Harold Giles HOFFMAN

(1896-1954)

HOFFMAN, Harold Giles, a Representative from New Jersey; born in South Amboy, N.J., February 7, 1896; attended the public schools, and was graduated from the South Amboy High School in 1913; engaged in newspaper work; enlisted on July 25, 1917, as a private in Company H, Third Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, and served overseas as a captain; executive with the South Amboy Trust Co., 1919-1942; city treasurer of South Amboy 1920-1925; served in the State house of assembly in 1923 and 1924; mayor of South Amboy in 1925 and 1926; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937, and to the Republican National Convention in 1936; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having been appointed motor vehicle commissioner of New Jersey, and served until 1935; Governor of New Jersey from January 15, 1935, to January 18, 1938; became executive director of the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Commission in 1938, and served until granted military leave to reenter the United States Army on June 15, 1942, as a major in the Transportation Corps; was advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel on December 15, 1942, and served until June 24, 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of colonel; resumed his former occupation as executive director of the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Commission; died in New York City June 4, 1954; interment in Christ Church Cemetery, South Amboy, N.J.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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