WESTERN NEW YORK NEWS LIVINGSTON Sudden Death of General James Wood at Dansville Yesterday. The death of General James Wood occur- red suddenly yesterday morning at the Dansville Sanatarium, where he had gone the day before for treatment. For years General Wood had been at the head of the Livingston county bar, and a time- honored resident of the village in which most of his life was spent. General Wood was on the streets of Geneseo as late as Tuesday and though feeble was apparently as well as he had been in years. He was born in New Hampshire about seventy-five years ago. His father was a poor man, who, seeking to better his condition, in 1824 emigrated with his family to New York state and finally settled in Lima, Livingston county, in 1820. Here James Wood attended a district school, and sub- sequently entered Geneseo Westleyan Sem- inary, where he completed an ecademic course. He afterward entered Union Col- lege, where he graduated with honors in 1842. After leaving college he entered the office of Hon. John Young, then a practi- cing lawyer at Geneseo. He was admitted to the bar in 1843 and became a partner of Mr. Young. In 1846 Mr. Young was elected governor of the state and since that time General Wood had been senior member of the firms of Wood and Cham- berlain, Wood and Kershner, Wood and Colt, Wood and Young, and Wood and Scott. The firm of Wood and Scott was formed in 1866 and was contin- ued until 1883, when it was disssolved by the election of Hon. Kidder Scott to the assembly. Since that time General Wood had continued the practice of law at Geneseo, and was engaged in the trial of two causes at the last February circuit court. In 1854 he was elected district attorney of Livingston county. He de- clined a renomination, his large and grow ing practice not permitting him to accept it. When the war for the union commenced in 1861, mainly through his efforts the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment, New York Volunteers, was raised, and in 1862 he accepted the command of that regi- ment. He was shortly after ordered to join the Eleventh Corps, with which he participated in much hard fighting. He was in the thickest of the fight at Chan- cellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge and sev- eral other battles. The first man killed in the Atlanta campaign was from his reg- iment, and he commanded a brigade in the last battle of Sherman's march to the sea. For his ditinguished services in the army, Colonel Wood was breveted major-general of the United States Volunteers. In 1865 he returned to his home at Geneseo and resumed the practice of law. He was elec- ted to the senate from from the thirtieth dis- trict in 1869, by a majority of4,694 over his Democratic competitor, J.H. Vincent, and was re-elected in 1871. Socially Gen- eral Wood was a very affable gentlemen. In 1845 he was married to a sister of Gov- ernor Young. Two children were born to them, but neither are living. Mrs. Wood died in 1871. General Wood had been for years chairman of the local board of the Geneseo Normal School, and took a great interest in all affairs pertaining to that instution. He will be greatly missed.