July 21, 1866, Pennsylvania.

May 4, 1943, Cleveland, Ohio.

Ira’s father was song writer Elisha Hoffman. His middle name was his mother’s maiden name. At age nine, he is said to have written the music for his father’s song The Little Pilgrim; as an adult, he was a composer, arranger, and music editor. His works include:

  1. Does Mother Know I’m Saved?
  2. Never to Say Farewell
  3. Open the Windows of Heaven