GEN. BENJ F. TRACY DIES IN 86TH YEAR Soldier, Statesman, Jurist Had Been in Coma Since Paralytic Stroke. FATHER OF FIGHTING NAVY As Secretary Under Harrison He Took the Department Out of Politics--Funeral Monday. General Benjamin Franklin Tracy, Secretary of the Navy under President Harrison, died at 3:30 yesterday after- noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ferdinand Wilmerding, at 14 East Six- tieth Street. He was in his eighty-fifth year. His daughter and son, Frank Tracy and the attending nurse, Miss Pinkerton, were at his bedside when the end came. The General, who had been unconscious for the past ten days, with the excep- tion of a brief period last Tuesday, died peacefully. When he became conscious on Tuesday afternoon, and opened his eyes for a few moments, Mrs. Wilmer- ding was at his bedside, and her father recognized her but was unable to speak. He then relapsed into the coma that ended in death. Dr. William B. Pritchard of 143 West Seventy-second Street, who had been the General's physician for twenty-two years, said that it was only the Gen- eral's great vitality that kept him alive for the past two weeks. Frank Tracy said last night that his father had been unable to take nourishment since he went to bed after his stroke of paralysis suffered at dinner two weeks ago. It is thought that an accident suf- fered by General Tracy on memorial Day had to do with his death, al- though he was said to have made a com- plete recovery. For many years he had lived a regular and ordered life, and sev- eral days before his stroke he was de- layed for several hours on a railway journey. He worried much over this. Frank Tracy sent many telegrams last night to fiends throughout the coun- try, announcing the death of his father. The funeral will take place on Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock in Trinty Church. The body will be buried in Greenwood. Soldier, Statesman, Jurist. General Tracy had been before the public as a brilliant soldier, statesman, and jurist for more than sixty years. As Secretary of the Navy under Presi- dent Harrison he was called "The Father of the Fighting Navy." "Some people have called me 'the father of the fighting navy,'" he said shortly be- fore his death. "I don't deny it. I be- lieve I am. I tried to take the Navy Department out of politics and I be- lieve I succeeded." He was born in his father's farmhouse in Tioga County, N.Y., in 1830, and his father, Benjamin Tracy, was a soldier in the war of 1812. His grandfather, Thomas Tracy, settled in tioga late in the eighteenth century, having moved there from his home in New England. After graduating from the grammar school, General Tracy attended Owego Academy and studied law with David & Warner of Owego. At the age of 21 he was admitted to the bar of the State of New York. General Tracy was active in poitics from his earliest youth, and in 1853 he was elected District Attorney of Tioga County on the Whig ticket. He was the youngest District Attorney ever elected in the State of New York, and the rest of the Whig ticket was badly defeated. Helped Organize Republican Party. Not long after this he took the leading part in the organization of the Repub- lican Party in this State and was elected Chairman of the Tioga County Repub- lican Committee, the first County Com- mittee organized in the State of New York. He was also the first representa- tive of his county at the State Con- vention and was a member of the com- mittee that issued the first Republican address to the voters of this State. In 1856 he was again elected District Attorney, defeating Gilbert C. Walker, who later became Governor of Vir- ginia. Shortly after the election he formed a law partnership with his late opponent under the name of Tracy & Walker. General Tracy became very prominent in his profession in the old Sixth Ju- dicial District, and at the age of 26 was trying more cases than any other lawyer in his county. It is related that in 1859, when he was suddenly taken ill, court was compelled to ad- journ because he was engaged in every case in the calendar. He was more active than ever in politics, and in 1861 was elected to the Assemly. At the meeting of the Legislature in 1862 there was a sharp contest for the Speakership of the Assembly between Hurlburt of St. Lawrence County and Henry J. Ray- mond, editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES, General Tracy espoused Mr. Raymond's cause, and, after a bitter fight, Mr. Raymond won. General Tracy then be- came the acknowledged leader of his party on the floor of the Assembly. When McClellan's army was checked on the Peninsular, in the Summer of 1862, President Lincoln called for 300,000 more men. General Tracy raised the 109th and 137th regiments of New York Volunteers in a month, and was appointed Colonel of the first. His first active service was under General Burn- side, and he won the Congressional Medal of Honor and was brevetted Brig- adier General of Volunteers for his conduct at the battle of the Wilderness. Four times during the battle he rallied his regiment, and finally captured the Confederate ramparts. At the moment of victory he fell desperately wounded upon his battle flag. After recuperating in the hospital at Annapolis, he returned to his home in Owego. In the Fall of 1862 he was ap- pointed Colonel of the 127th Regiment, colored troops, and took command of the prison camp at Elmira, which he held until Lee surrendered.