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Francis Bates Pond
12th Ohio Attorney General

In office
January 1870 – January 1874
Preceded by William H. West
Succeeded by John Little
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 1868 – January 2, 1870
Preceded by Thomas I. Williams
Succeeded by Richard Stanton
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 14th district

In office
January 5, 1880 – November 2, 1883
Preceded by John Irvine
Succeeded by Gilbert Smith
Personal details
Born (1825-08-09)August 9, 1825
Ellisburg, New York
Died November 2, 1883(1883-11-02) (aged 58)
Malta, Ohio
Resting place Malta Cemetery
Political party Republican
  • Eliza A Corner
  • Emma Corner
  • Janet Alecander
Children three
Alma mater Oberlin College
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Union Army
Years of service 1861-1864
Rank Union army col rank insignia.jpg Colonel
Unit Ohio 62nd Ohio Infantry

Francis Bates Pond was a Republican politician from the state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General from 1870 to 1874.

Pond was born August 9, 1825 at Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York. He entered Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1841, and graduated with honors in 1846. He spent the next three years in Kent, Ohio, one year as a teacher and two as a book-keeper for Charles and Marvin Kent.[1] In 1850 he went to Harmar, Ohio and taught classics at the Harmar Academy. He began study of law in 1849 in Cleveland, and continued in Marietta in 1850.[1] He was admitted to the bar 1852 at Malta, Ohio, and three years later elected Prosecuting Attorney of Morgan County, Ohio. During the Civil War, he served as a Colonel with the Sixty-second Ohio Infantry, and August, 1864, at the Battle of Deep River, he was wounded, and lost sight in his left eye. He resigned in November of that year.[2]

In 1867, he was elected to represent Morgan County in the Ohio House of Representatives for the Fifty-eighth General Assembly.[2][3] In 1869[4] and 1871[5] he won election as Ohio Attorney General.[2] In 1879 he was elected to the Ohio Senate from the Fourteenth district (Washington, Morgan and part of Noble County),for the Sixty-fourth General Assembly, and re-elected to the Sixty-fifth in 1881.[2][6]

He died November 2, 1883 at his home in Malta, Ohio.[2] He died as a result of the wound he received near his eye in the Civil War which he had suffered with for nineteen years.[1]

Pond was married to Eliza A. Corner of Malta in 1854. She died in January 13, 1866. On May 21, 1867, he married his first wife's sister, Emma. She died March 18, 1870. He married Janet Alexander of Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1876. His first wife had children named Mary Blanche and George Charles. His second wife had a son named Francis Newell, who died in infancy.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Robertson 1886 : 259-261
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Smith 1898 : 270
  3. Ohio 1917 : 289
  4. 1869: Pond 235,285 Democrat John M. Connell 227,903 from Smith 1898 : 268
  5. 1871: Pond 237,718 Democrat Edward S. Wallace 218,077 from Smith 1898 : 286
  6. Ohio 1917 : 244,247


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