Benjamin Pond as a United States Representative from New York. He was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1768.
He attended the common schools and in 1800 moved to Poultney, VT, and still later to the town of Crown Point (later Schroon), which is now comprised in the town of North Hudson, NY. He pursued a career in farming.
His political career began when he became justice of the peace and supervisor in 1804. Later be became a judge of the court of common pleas of Essex County in 1808, with residence in Schroon, then a member of the State Assembly 1808-1810.
He was elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811-March 3, 1813). He also served in the War of 1812 and participated in the siege and Battle of Plattsburg in September 1814 as a volunteer in Capt. Russell Walkerâ€™s company of the Thirty-seventh Regiment, New York Militia.
After being elected to the Fourteenth Congress, he died of disease, incurred through exposure at the siege of Plattsburg, in Schroon, October 6, 1814, before the beginning of the congressional term.
He was buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery, North Hudson, Essex County, NY, and was later re-interred in Riverside Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Essex County, NY, on September 3, 1923.