Born: Ap­ril 14, 1849, Wash­ing­ton Coun­ty, Ten­nes­see.

Died: Ap­ril 23, 1919, Mus­ko­gee, Ok­la­ho­ma.

Buried: Orig­in­al­ly at Green Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Mus­ko­gee, Ok­la­ho­ma. In 1924, he was re-in­terred at Ma­ple Lawn Ce­me­te­ry, Jones­bo­rough, Ten­nes­see.


Elijah was the son of Hen­ry A. Hoss and An­na Ma­ria Se­vi­er, and hus­band of Abi­gail Belle Ab­bie Clark (grand­daugh­ter of John Se­vi­er, the first gov­er­nor of Ten­nes­see).

He gra­du­at­ed from Ohio Wes­ley­an and Em­o­ry and Hen­ry Col­lege, Virg­in­ia (1869).

In 1870, he was or­dained a min­is­ter in the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, South. He pas­tored in Knox­ville, Ten­nes­see (1870–72); San Fran­cis­co, Ca­li­for­nia (1872–74); and Ash­ville, North Ca­ro­li­na.

From 1876–81, he taught at Mar­tha Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, Ab­ing­don, Vir­gin­ia, then be­came pre­si­dent of his al­ma ma­ter, Em­o­ry and Hen­ry Col­lege.

He was al­so a pro­fess­or of Church His­to­ry at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty (1885–90), and ed­it­ed the Chris­tian Ad­vo­cate in Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see (1890–92).

In 1902, he be­came the Me­tho­dist bi­shop of Dal­las, Texas.