Born in Newburgh, New York, Hobbie studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Delhi, New York. He served as district attorney of Delaware County 1823–1827. He served as member of the State assembly 1827–1829. He served in the militia as brigade major and inspector.
Hobbie was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829). He was appointed Assistant Postmaster General and served from 1829 until 1851, when he resigned on account of ill health. He was appointed First Assistant Postmaster General and served from March 22, 1853, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 23, 1854. He was interred in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C., on March 26, 1854.
- United States Congress. "Selah R. Hobbie (id: H000662)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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