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Francis B. Stockbridge

Francis B. Stockbridge
United States Senator
from Michigan
In office
March 4, 1887 – April 30, 1894
Preceded by Omar D. Conger
Succeeded by John Patton, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1826-04-09)April 9, 1826
Bath, Maine
Died April 30, 1894(1894-04-30) (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican

Francis Brown Stockbridge (April 9, 1826 – April 30, 1894) was a U.S. 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 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

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