Charles H. Pond, Governor of Connecticut, 1853-1854

Governor Charles Hobby PondBorn:   April 26, 1781, Milford, Connecticut
College:  Yale, 1802
Politics:  Jeffersonian Republican; Democrat
Offices:  Lieutenant Governor, 1850-1851,1852-1853
Governor of Connecticut, 1853-1854
Died:  April 28, 1861,  Milford, Connecticut

Charles Hobby Pond was born in 1781 at Milford, the hometown of colonial governors Robert Treat and Jonathan Law. Like Henry Dutton, the man who would replace him as governor, Pond's father had been an army captain during the Revolutionary War. Pond graduated from Yale in 1802 and then studied law. However, poor health prevented him from becoming a practicing lawyer. He was married in 1809 to Catherine Dickinson and they had seven children.

Pond spent a number of years at sea. At first this was for health reasons, but later he was an employee of his father's shipping business. In politics, he served in several capacities with the New Haven County government, including that of an associate judge and a sheriff. In 1850 Pond was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic ticket. While he lost this seat in 1851, he regained it again for 1852 and 1853. When Governor Seymour resigned on October 15, 1853, Pond was inaugurated Connecticut's new chief executive. He was not nominated by his party in 1854 and thus had the shortest gubernatorial term up to that time.

Pond's house in Milford faces the town's green. He died in 1861 and is buried in the Milford Cemetery.

Publications

Harris, Edward Doubleday.  A Genealogical Record of Daniel Pond and His Descendants.  Boston: W.P. Lunt, 1873 [CSL call number CS 71 .P876 1873].

Highways & Byways of Connecticut.  Hartford: G. Fox & Co., [1947] [CSL call number F 94 .H54 1947].

Norton, Frederick Calvin.  The Governors of Connecticut.  Hartford:  The Connecticut Magazine, 1905 [CSL call number F 93 .N88 1905].

Pond, Daniel Streator.  A Genealogical Record of Samuel Pond and His Descendants.  New London, Ohio: George W. Runyan, 1875 [CSL call number CS 71 .P876 1875].

Sobel, Robert and John Raimo.  Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978.  Westport, CT:  Meckler Books, 1978 [CSL call number GIS Ref E 176 .B573].

Portrait

38” x 45” in its frame, painted by George F. Wright (1828-81).

Originally prepared by David O. White, Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Library.