Pond, Philip

Philip Pond is an attorney of New Haven who is also well known in fraternal and club circles, and the interests and activities of his life have placed him in a prominent position here. He was born on the 8th of August, 1866, in New Haven, a son of Jonathan W. and Charlotte L. (White) Pond. The father, a native of Plymouth, Connecticut, is descended from an old New England family of English lineage, the ancestral line being traced back to Samuel Pond. Jonathan Pond filled various positions of public honor and trust in New Haven county for about forty years. He was the first chief of police of New Haven and in politics he took an active part as a supporter of democratic principles. He also engaged in the insurance business for many years and became widely known in that connection. His religious faith was that of the Episcopal church and he served as a vestryman of St. Thomas church for forty years or more, being the senior vestryman at the time of his death which occurred in May, 1908, when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-three years. His wife is a native of Tolland county, Connecticut, and is a direct descendant of Elder John White, one of the first settlers of New England and of English descent. Mrs. Pond still survives at the age of eighty-six years. In the family were two sons, the elder being Walter who is also an attorney of New Haven.

At the usual age Philip Pond became a public school pupil and continued his course through consecutive grades to the high school. He afterward attended Yale College, from which he was graduated in 1888 with the B. A. degree and in 1890 he won the B. L. degree upon completing the law course at Yale. For twenty years he was secretary of his class in the Yale academic department. After his graduation he entered upon the practice of law in which he has since continued, and his ability has brought him prominently before the public as counsel for the defense or prosecution in various notable cases. He is a close and discriminating student and his careful preparation has been one of the strong elements in his growing success.

Mr. Pond has been married twice. On the 1st of June, 1893, at Bolton, Connecticut, he wedded Harriet Hunt Sumner, a cousin of former Lieutenant Governor George G. Sumner and a representative of one of the old Connecticut families. Her parents were the late Sherman and Jane V. (Keeney) Sumner, the latter now living at Bolton at the age of eighty-seven years. Mrs. Pond passed away July 14, 1894, after a brief but happy married life of thirteen months and thirteen days. On the 15th of September, 1897, in New York city, Mr. Pond married Miss Elizabeth Bishop Giles, a native of New Jersey and a representative of the Bishop family which was established in New England at an early period in the colonization of the new world. Her paternal ancestors were of an old New Jersey family.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Pond are identified with many important organizations. In the strict line of his profession he has connection with the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and he also belongs to the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. He is a past grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has also been grand representative from Connecticut of the sovereign grand lodge for several years. He holds membership in the Graduates Club, in the Young Men's Republican Club, the Automobile Club, of which he was formerly president, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Chamber of Commerce and various scientific and literary organizations. He is likewise a member of St. Thomas Episcopal church. In politics he was originally a Cleveland democrat but became a republican during the Bryan campaign. He has never been an office seeker, preferring to devote his time and attention to the practice of law, in which connection he has made for himself an enviable position. Mrs. Pond is also prominent in club circles and in public activity. She holds membership in Mary Clap Wooster Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the New Haven Woman's Club, in the Red Cross, in the Civic Federation, is on the New Haven City Mission Board and is active in charity work. In a word their interests are broad and varied and on the whole are of that helpful nature which reaches out in an effort to promote the public welfare and uphold civic standards and also work for the betterment of the individual.

Modern History of New Haven
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