Nathaniel Dana Carlile Hodges was born on April 19, 1852, in Salem, Massachusetts.
He was an American librarian. He studied chemistry and physics in Hanover and Heidelberg, Germany, and also attended Harvard University (B.A., 1874; M.A., 1879) where he was appointed an assistant in physics in 1879. He taught at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1882 to 1883 and served as editor of Science Magazine from 1885 to 1894. He became the Library Director of the Cincinnati Public Library in 1900 and retired from that position in 1924. Hodges served as the president of the American Library Association from 1909 to 1910. He was named a Notable Ohio Librarian in the Hall of Fame in 1980.
In 1886, he married Adele Louise Goepper (1858-1946). He died on November 25, 1927, in Mount Healthy, Ohio.