Charles Hobby Pond
- Written by William McDonald
Member of distinguished family
Charles Hobby Pond is part of a distinguished Milford family line. His uncle, Peter Pond, was a famous explorer of Canada. His father, Charles Pond, was a fearless sea captain during the Revolutionary War who transported Nathan Hale from Norwalk to Huntington, Long Island for his ill-fated spying expedition against the British.
He was born in Milford April 26, 1781 and grew into a large muscular youth with a keen mind. He entered Yale University at age 17 and graduated in 1802. He studied law for two years and was admitted to the Fairfield County Bar but ill health overtook him and he never practiced. All that is explained about his ill health is that he contracted it “by bathing when in a heated condition and he was ever after lame,” according to the genealogy “The Ponds of Milford, Connecticut” written by his nephew, Nathan Gillett Pond. The family determined he could regain some of his health by taking an extended voyage on one of his father’s merchant ships. The trip worked out so well that he followed the sea for several years, shipping first as “supercargo” and later as captain.
Eventually quitting the sea, he took up politics and had a fast rise to prominence. In 1819 he was appointed a judge of the Court of New Haven County. In 1820 he was elected sheriff an office he held until 1834. Then he became an associate judge of the New Haven County Court in 1836 and 1837. Pond was elected lieutenant governor of Connecticut in 1850, 1852 and 1853.
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