Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman was born on August 3, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Sigmund Hoffman, was born in 1871 in Chorzow, Poland, of Jewish ancestry and came to the U.S.A. in 1890. His mother, Rebecca Spivak, was born in Germany of Jewish ancestry in 1874 and came to the U.S.A. in 1894. His parents married in Chicago in 1899 and had only one child, Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman (b.1900). The family lived at 321 South Main Street in Princeton, Illinois. The father was an optician.
In June of 1918 Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman graduated from high school in Princeton, Illinois. The following fall he moved to Chicago to attend college.
On September 12, 1918, during the Great war, Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman reported for draft registration. He was recorded at the time to be age eighteen, of medium height, medium build, with brown eyes and black hair. He was listed as a student living with his mother at 4538 Clifton Avenue in Chicago.
In June of 1923 Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman graduated from college in Chicago.
In June of 1924 he completed one year of post graduate studies, after which he entered the work force as a writer at an advertising agency.
In 1928 at the age of twenty-seven he left Illinois and moved to New York City to seek his fortune as a writer in the advertising industry.
On November 23, 1934 Joseph Marion "Lincoln" Hoffman married Evelyn Phillips. She was born on February 2, 1902 in Lithuania and came to the U.S.A. in 1907 with her family. Her father, Philip Phillips, and her mother, Alice Phillips, were both born in Lithuania, where they married in 1899 and had two children, Evelyn (b.1902) and Miriam (b.1905). In 1907 the family came to the U.S.A. and settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts, where they lived at 176 Chestnut Street. The father owned and operated a grocery store at 54 Walnut Street. Her parents then had two more children, Bernice (b.1908), and Maurice (1910).
Her younger brother, Maurice "Mac" J. Phillips (1910-1976) was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 8, 1910. He went on to become a writer of detective mystery stories, which were published in True Mystic Science Magazine, as well as pulp magazines produced by Ace magazines, such as In 1933 Maurice J. "Mac" Phillips graduated from college, after which he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a mystery writer. In 1938 Maurice "Mac" Phillips began to have his stories published in Ten Detective Aces, 10-Story Detective and Ace Sports. These were all published by Ace Magazines, which was founded by Warren Angel and Paul Sampliner, however, by 1933 Paul Sampliner had sold his interest to Warren Angel, who had taken on a new co-owner, Aaron A. Wyn.
In 1935 the son of Lincoln Hoffman, Thomas Hoffman, was born in NYC.
In 1940 Lincoln Hoffman was employed as a private secretary in the music industry.
He lived in an impressive apartment building 20 West 72nd Street, across the street from the magnificent Dakota Apartments Building. in the apartment of his wife's brother, Maurice "Mac" Phillips, along with his wife's two sisters, Alice and Miriam, who both worked as salesladies at a clothing store.
On August 10, 1941 the father of "Lincoln" Hoffman, Sigmund Hoffman, died at the age of seventy.
In September of 1941 Maurice J. "Mac" Phillips was hired as the editor of detective stories at Ace Publications.
On December 13, 1941 The New York Times reported "Lincoln Hoffman, writer, has rented an apartment at 120 West 70th Street."
On July 3, 1945 the mother of Lincoln Hoffman, Rebecca (Spivak) Hoffman, died at the age of sixty-nine in Illinois.
In 1946 his Brother-In-Law, Maurice "Mac" J. Phillips had a story, "Cocktails For One" published in Collier's Magazine.
After the war Lincoln Hoffman moved to Los Angels, California, where he worked as a writer in advertising. He was also an accomplished bridge player.
In 1955 his marriage ended in divorce. At that time his son, Thomas H. Hoffman, was a twenty-year-old college student.
On April 12, 1958 Lincoln Hoffman married Helene Laurie Rumizen (1917-2004). At that time the groom was fifty-seven and the bride was forty. The newlyweds moved to Riverside, CA.
In 1962 Lincoln Hoffman's second marriage ended in divorce.
On July 1, 1976 his Brother-In-Law, Maurice "Mac" Phillips, died at the age of sixty-five in NYC.
Lincoln Hoffman died in Newport Beach, CA, at the age of eighty-six on April 14, 1987.
© David Saunders 2016