He entered Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1841, and graduated with honors in 1846.
He was Ohio Attorney General from 1870 to 1874. 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.
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.
In 1867, he was elected to represent Morgan County in the Ohio House of Representatives for the Fifty-eighth General Assembly. 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.
He died November 2, 1883 at his home in Malta, Ohio.
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. Pond was married to Eliza A. Corner of Malta in 1854. She died in January 13, 1866.
She died March 18, 1870.