Lester L. Bond

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Lester Bond
Lester Legrand Bond.jpg
Acting Mayor of Chicago
In office
August 18, 1873 – December 1, 1873
Preceded by Joseph Medill
Succeeded by Harvey Doolittle Colvin
Personal details
Born October 27, 1829
Ravenna, Ohio, U.S.
Died April 15, 1903(1903-04-15) (aged 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Aspenwall
Children Laura Bond Jackson
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Lester Legrant Bond (October 27, 1829 – April 15, 1903) was a member of the Illinois state House of Representatives from 1866–1870 and served as acting Mayor of Chicago, appointed by Joseph Medill in 1873 when Medill left for Europe.[1]

Bond was born to Jonas and Elizabeth Bond.[1] and grew up on his father's farm in Ravenna, Ohio. He received his law degree in 1853 and traveled to Chicago the following year.[1] In 1854, he formed a legal partnership with A.S. Seaton. By 1858, he had partnered with E.A. West, a law firm which remained until 1891 when it became Bond & West.

Bond was one of the founders of the Republican party in Chicago. In 1862 and 1864 he was elected a Chicago alderman. In 1867, he was elected to the Illinois General Assembly, and served until 1871.[2] When Chicago Mayor and newspaper publisher Joseph Medill traveled to Europe in 1873, Medill named Bond acting mayor of Chicago. When Medill's term expired that same year, Bond ran as an independent on a law and order platform, supporting laws which would ban the sale of liquor on Sundays. He was defeated by Harvey Colvin, who won with 60% of the voted despite Bond receiving the endorsements of all Chicago newspapers except the Times.[3]

Bond married Mary Aspenwall and they had one daughter, Laura, who was born in 1867.


  1. ^ a b c "Death Comes to L.L. Bond". Chicago Tribune. 1903-04-16. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Lester L. Bond Seriously Ill". Chicago Tribune. 1903-04-13. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Bessie Louise (2007) [1957]. A History of Chicago: Volume III: The Rise of a Modern City, 1871-1893. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 343–344. ISBN 978-0-226-66842-0.