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Francis B. Stockbridge

Francis Brown Stockbridge April 9, 1826 – April 30, 1894 was a US Senator from the state of Michigan

Stockbridge was born in Bath, Maine, the son of a physician, Dr John Stockbridge, and attended the common schools there He clerked at a wholesale house in Boston 1843-1847 He then moved to Chicago and opened a lumber yard In 1851 he moved to Saugatuck, Michigan and engaged in the operation of sawmills He was also interested in mercantile pursuits

In 1863 he moved to Kalamazoo and there engaged in the lumber business That same year he married Bessie, a schoolteacher and sister of George Thomas Arnold, a lumberman and business associate there and later at Mackinac Island In 1869 Stockbridge became a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives and in 1871 a member of the Michigan State Senate He was appointed ambassador to the Netherlands on July 12, 1875, took the oath of office but never proceeded to the post

In 1882, Stockbridge purchased the site of the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and arranged financing for its construction from the three major transportation companies that rendered service to the island at the time: the Michigan Central Railroad, the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company Together, they formed the Mackinac Island Hotel Company, which then built the Grand Hotel in 1887

He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1887 and was reelected in 1893 He served from March 4, 1887 until his death on April 30, 1894 He was chairman of the Committee on Fisheries in the Fiftieth through Fifty-second Congresses While visiting his nephew James Houghteling in Chicago he died suddenly He and his wife are interred in Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Stockbridge was the last person to have served in the Michigan State Legislature and in the United States Senate until Debbie Stabenow was elected in 2000


  • US Congress Memorial Addresses 53rd Cong, 3rd sess from 1894 to 1895 Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1895

See alsoedit

  • List of United States Congress members who died in office 1790–1899

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Grand Hotel
  • United States Congress "Francis B Stockbridge id: S000932" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • Francis B Stockbridge at Find a Grave
US Senate
Preceded by
Omar D Conger
US Senator Class 1 from Michigan
Served alongside: Thomas W Palmer, James McMillan
Succeeded by
John Patton, Jr

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