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Charles H. Pond

Charles H. Pond
22nd and 24th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
Governor Thomas H. Seymour
Preceded by Thomas Backus
Succeeded by Green Kendrick
In office
Governor Thomas H. Seymour
Preceded by Green Kendrick
Succeeded by Vacant
37th Governor of Connecticut
In office
October 13, 1853 – May 3, 1854
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Thomas H. Seymour
Succeeded by Henry Dutton
Personal details
Born April 26, 1781
Milford, Connecticut
Died April 28, 1861 (aged 80)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Catherine Dickinson
Alma mater Yale University
Profession lawyer, politician

Charles Hobby Pond (April 26, 1781 – April 28, 1861) was an American politician who was the 22nd and 24th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1850 to 1853) and who served as the 37th Governor for seven months (1853–1854) after the resignation of Governor Thomas Hart Seymour.


Born in Milford, Connecticut on April 26, 1781, Pond was the son of Captain and Martha (Miles) Pond. Prepared by his pastor, he attended college beginning at age seventeen and graduated from Yale University in 1802. He studied law with Hon. Roger Minot Sherman, of Fairfield, for two years and admitted to the bar in Fairfield County. Instead of beginning practice, he took a long sea voyage for his health and it suited him so well that he took another. The result was he followed the sea for several years as an employee of his father's shipping business;[1] first as a supercargo, then as captain. Regaining his former health he took up his residence on land again.[2] He was married in 1809 to Catherine Dickinson and they had seven children.[3]


Pond served as an associate judge of New Haven County Court from 1818 to 1819, sheriff of New Haven from 1820 to 1834, and again as judge of New Haven County Court from 1836 to 1837.

Pond was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1850, 1852, and 1853. On October 13, 1853, Governor Thomas H. Seymour resigned from office, and Pond, who was Lieutenant Governor at the time, assumed the duties of Governor. During his tenure, the U.S. Senate passed the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which caused great controversy throughout the state. (The act made slavery legally possible in a vast new area and revived the bitter quarrel over the expansion of slavery, which had died down after the Compromise of 1850, hastening the start of the Civil War.) Pond did not seek reelection and left office, retiring from public service.[4]

Death and legacy

The same month and year of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Pond died on April 28, 1861 (age 80 years, 2 days). He is interred at Milford Cemetery, Milford, Connecticut.[5] He is memorialized on the Milford Founding Fathers Memorial in Milford.


  1. ^ "Charles H. Pond". Connecticut State Library. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Charles H. Pond". Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Charles H. Pond". Connecticut State Library. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles H. Pond". National Governors Association. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Charles H. Pond". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

External links

  • National Governors Association biography
  • F.C. Norton, "The Governors of Connecticut" (1905), Charles H. Pond entry
  • Milford Founding Fathers Memorial
  • Connecticut State Library
  • The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Seymour
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Henry Dutton
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