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John Van Rensselaer Hoff, American army officer.


Hoff, John Van Rensselaer was born on April 11, 1848 in Mount Morris, New York, United States. Son of Bvt. Colonel Alexander H. and Ann Eliza (Van Rensselaer) Hoff.


Bachelor of Arts, Union U., New York, 1871, A.M., 1874. Doctor of Medicine 1871. Doctor of Medicine College Physicians and Surgical (Columbia), 1874.

University of Vienna, 1886. (Doctor of Laws, Bucknell, 1907, Union, 1912).


General Hannibal Day, United States of America, June 22, 1875. Appointed from New York, First lieutenant assistant surgeon, November 10, 1874. Captain assistant surgeon, November 10, 1879.

Major surgeon, June 15, 1891. Lieutenant colonel chief surgeon vols., May 9, 1898. Honorary discharge November 5, 1898.

Lieutenant colonel deputy surgeon general, United States of America, January 1, 1902. Colonel assistant surgeon general, January 19, 1905. Organized the first detachment of the hospital corps in United States of America at Fort Reno, Indiana Ty., 1887, and the first company of instruction hospital corps, at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1891.

Chief surgeon 3d corps, Spanish-American War, 1898, P.R., 1898-1900. Organizer and president Superior Board of Health and Board of Charities, P.R. In charge of hurricane relief work following disaster of August 1899.

Chief surgeon China Relief Expedition, August 1900. Detailed as observer with Russian Army, 1905, Russo-Japanese War. Chief surgeon Department of the Missouri, 1906, P.I., 1907, Department of Lakes, 1909, Eastern Division, 1911.

Retired, 1912. Instructor ophthalmology, etc., University of California, 1885. Professor Army Medical School, 1901-1902. Instructor in military hygiene, General Service and Staff College, 1903-1905.

Professor military sanitation, University of Nebraska, 1906. Acting editor The Military Surgeon. President board directors The Lenthall Home.

Chairman of the executive committee Garfield Memorial Hospital. Vestryman Church of the Epiphany, Washington. Assigned to active duty July 10, 1916, in office of Surgical General United States of America Home: Washington, Distric.


Married Lavinia, d.

Bvt. Colonel Alexander H. Hoff

Ann Eliza (Van Rensselaer) Hoff