Senator Francis B. Stockbridge of Michigan, died suddenly at the residence of his nephew, Mr. J. L. Houghteling, in Chicago last evening, whilc sitting in a chair in his bedroom. His death was unexpected. He had been ill for several weeks but there was no thought of danger. The senator and his wife were on a trip to California and stopped over to visit Chicago relatives a few days, he being taken sick with stomach and heart trouble the day that they were to continue their journey, his death last evening being the result of this trouble. Francis B. Stockbridge was born at Bath, Me., April 9th, 1826, his father being Dr. John Stockbridge, a prominent physician of that place. His education was received at his nalive town and at the age of sixteen he went to Boston as a clerk in a dry goods store, remaining there until 1847 when he went to Chicago and engaged in the lumber business. In 1353 he moved to Allegan county and located at Saugatuck where he remsined until 1874 when he re moved to Kalamazoo where he has since resided. ■ During the war he served on Gov. Blair's staff and gained the rank of Colonel. In 1869 he was elected to the legislature from Allegan county, and at the end of his term was elected state senator which position he filled until 1873. In l887. he was elected to the United States Senate to succeed Hon. Omar D. Conger and has since been one of the able representatives of Michigan in that body. Senator Stockbridge was a man of marked business and executive ability, as demonstrated in both his private and public life As a political manager he had few equals, although not known as a politician. He was married in 1863 to Miss Betsy Arnold, of Gum Plains.