According to Wikipedia:

John Thompson Hoffman (January 10, 1828 – March 24, 1888) was the 23rd Governor of New York (1869–72). He was also Recorder of New York City (1861–65) and the 78th Mayor of New York City (1866–68). Connections to the Tweed Ring ruined his political career, in spite of the absence of evidence to show personal involvement in corrupt activities. He is to date the last New York City mayor elected Governor of New York.

I found it strange that Mr. Hoffmann is not listed under “Dale Cemetery Historical Residents“. He was, after all, Governor of one of the largest state’s in the US – fourth in terms of population. Maybe it’s because of the allegations (unproven) of corruption?

I took the picture from some distance away in order to get the whole family plot in. When I took it I assumed that the former Governor, and I imagine most prominent member of the family, would have the largest memorial. This, however, is not the case. The large obelisk is actually a memorial to Adrian Kissam Hoffmann, the Governor’s father. The Governor’s grave marker is the small, black tombstone to the right.

Curiously the date I’m posting this (March 24) marks the 128th anniversary of his death in Wiesbaden, Germany at the age of 60.

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