Francis H. West (1825-1896)
DEATH OP GEN. WEST. He. Died at Bessemer, Ala., Where He: Resided for. Some Yearn. The death of Gen. Francis H» West, long a resident of Milwaukee and who Was the CTnited States marshal for this district during President Cleveland's first term In office, occurred on the Tib at his home in Bessemer, Ala. The end came quite suddenly, altlujugn Gen. West had been in poor health for some time. He had not been well for several years, but during -a visit to relatives and friends in Milwaukee last fall he seemed to be better than for many years. Gen. West was a native of New Hampshire, having been born at Charleston in that state. October 23, 1825. At the age of 20, after graduating from the high school, he came West, locating in the leading mining district near Platteville, Wis. In 1846 he removed to Monroe, Green county, and engaged in the lumbering business, and in li>53 he was elected to represent that county m the state Senate, serving a two-years* term. He conducted a large party of emigrants across the plains in 1859 to California. A year later he,conducted a second party to California, starting from New York. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, Gen. West became an enthusiastic volunteer und was commissioned lieuteriaht- colonel of the Thirty-first regiment. Wisconsin -volunteers. He took his regiment south in.l8U3, halting at .Nashville, .when he became colonel. He'made a'fine war record and was distinguished for his bravery and fidelity. .He was at!AtJahta in July, 18G4, and took an active part in the campaign against Savannah, at which time he succeeded in flanking the enemy, and compelling .them to withdraw an entire brigade from two -redoubts, thus opening the line to the Charleston .railroad. He performed notable service also at the battle of Bentouville, March 19, 1S65, and after withdrawing his regiment under fre, reformed his line without breastwork and successfully repelled five! desperate assaults of the enemy. He was brevetted a brigadier-general for his services . at Bentouville. He was mustered;ont at Madison in July; 18G5. .After his return from service at the front, Gen. West engaged in the grain commission business m this cify, forming a partnership w ith James S_ Fowler under the firm name of: Fowler & West* In.1871 he was elected president of the chamber of commerce, succeeding An RUS Smith and serving for two years. He w as a pronounced Democrat and \\ as a strong advocate of the Seating of Tilden as President. A fumilj of a widow and six children survive him. The children are .Mrs. J. B. Erwin; Mrs. I>. McK. Sinclair and Miss Caroline West of this city; Mrs. Christie of Long Prairie, Minn., and William and Benjamin West of Bessemer, Ala; Gen. West met with an'accident while in New York city oh business some weeks ago which, it lc believed by his friends, hastened his deatL. Although quite weak at the tinte he made a trip to New York and in stepping from a street car on Broadway he missed his footing and fell heavily to the; street. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and carried to a drug store where restoratives .were administered, but it was some time before lie was able to leave for home, .being confined to his bed at the hotel several days. :Jt:is said-he never fully recovered from the shock to his already weakened system.