Hoff, William Bainbridge was born on February 11, 1846 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Rear Admiral Henry Kuhn and Louisa Alexina Wadsworth (Bainbridge) Hoff.
Preparatory education Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia. Entered United States Naval Academy, 1860. Ordered into active service, September 1863.
While midshipman he at one time commanded yacht America. Promoted ensign October 1, 1863. Attached to steam frigate Niagara, 1864.
Served on E. Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-1865. Took part in expedition to capture St. Marks, Florida, which terminated in battle of Natural Bridge. After war promoted master, May 10, 1866, Lieutenant, February 21, 1867, lieutenant commander, March 12, 1868, commander, August 7, 1881, captain, May.
10, 1895; retired for physical disability, March 13, 1897. Served on various duties and stations. Was naval commissioner to London for World’s Columbian Exposition, 1892-1893.
Originated system of tactics officially adopted in navy, 1890. Home: Washington, Distric.