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Hoffman, Cadwallader Colden  

(Dec. 15, 1819-Nov. 25, 1865). Missionary to Liberia. He was born in New York City and graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1848. He was ordained deacon on July 30, 1848, and priest on May 21, 1849. In 1849 he and a classmate, Jacob Rambo, sailed for Cape Palmas, Liberia. Under Hoffman's leadership St. Mark's Church, Fishtown, was established and the building was consecrated on Dec. 21, 1853. He also established an Orphan Asylum, a Girl's School, St. Mark's Hospital, and a Home for the Blind. Hoffman was called "the Henry Martyn of our American Church." He married Virginia Haviside Hale on Sept. 5, 1850, and she also served as a missionary at Cape Palmas. He died in Cape Palmas. See Hoffman, Virginia Haviside Hale. 

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