Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of William Ledyard Hodge, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. . Valedictorian for his class of 1853 at Princeton University. Attended law school at the University of Virginia. Licensed to practice law in Philadelphia.
He served as Major and paymaster with the Union Army during the Civil War. Married Susan Savage Wilson. They had five children.
He was one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Numismatic Society and librarian in 1861. Co-author of Catalogue of American Store Cards &c… with a long title.
He was convicted of embezzlement and his coin collection was seized by the government on October 23, 1871, and sold at auction. The two bidders were John Jay Knox and Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr.
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Catalogue of American store cards &c., with space for marking the condition, price, rarity, &c. of each piece; designed for the use and convenience of collectors.
Copy from the ANS Library.
Published by the Numismatic Society of Philadelphia and distributed by Edward Cogan. Q. David Bowers notes in American Numismatics Before the Civil War (p. 88): "Apparently Hodge and his co-authors ventured in territory beyond their collective expertise, for the study, begun in 1858, was wildly condemned as useless."
See also George F. Kolbe, Auction Sale One Hundred: Part 3, lot 473 (June 3, 2006).