HOFFMAN, CHARLES FENNO. Born in New York City, 1806; died in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, 1884. The life of Charles Fenno Hoffman was spent
in active journalism in which he held many important positions.
He was educated at Columbia and practiced law for a short time
in New York City. He suffered a mental breakdown in 1849 and
was obliged to spend the rest of his life in retirement. He lives
chiefly by the stirring ballad, "Monterey."
This biographical note is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.