Lester Bond
Lester Legrand Bond.jpg
Acting Mayor of Chicago
In office
August 22, 1873 – December 1, 1873
Preceded byJoseph Medill
Succeeded byHarvey Doolittle Colvin
Chicago Alderman[1][2]
In office
Serving with Charles C. P. Holden (1871–1872)
David W. Clark Jr. (1872–1873)
Preceded byThomas Wilco
Succeeded byCharles L. Woodman
Constituency10th Ward
In office
Serving with George Von Hollen (1863–1865)
S.I. Russell (1865–1866)
Preceded byconstituency established
Succeeded byHenry Ackoff
Constituency11th Ward
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 27, 1829
Ravenna, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 15, 1903(1903-04-15) (aged 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Aspenwall
ChildrenLaura Bond Jackson
Residence(s)Chicago, Illinois

Lester Legrant Bond (October 27, 1829 – April 15, 1903) was a member of the Illinois state House of Representatives from 1866 to 1870 and served as acting Mayor of Chicago, appointed by Joseph Medill in 1873 when Medill left for Europe.[3]


Bond was born to Jonas and Elizabeth Bond.[3] 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.[3] 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, representing the 11th Ward.[4][5] In 1867, he became a member of the Illinois General Assembly, and served until 1871.[4] Bond also served on the Chicago Board of Education.[6] Bond rejoined the Chicago City Council in 1871. and served through 1873.[1] During this time, when Chicago Mayor and newspaper publisher Joseph Medill traveled to Europe in 1873, Medill named Bond acting mayor of Chicago on August 18, 1873.[7] Bond assumed the office on August 22.[7] When Medill's term expired that same year, Bond ran for mayor 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.[8]

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

He died at his home in Chicago on April 15, 1903, and was buried at Rosehill Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Centennial List of Mayors, City Clerks, City Attorneys, City Treasurers, and Aldermen, elected by the people of the city of Chicago, from the incorporation of the city on March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1937, arranged in alphabetical order, showing the years during which each official held office". Archived from the original on September 4, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Council, Chicago (Ill ) City (1892). Journal of the Proceedings of the City Council. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Death Comes to L.L. Bond". Chicago Tribune. April 16, 1903. p. 7. Retrieved December 9, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Lester L. Bond Seriously Ill". Chicago Tribune. April 13, 1903. p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Acting Mayor Lester Legrand Bond Biography". www.chipublib.org. Chicago Public Library. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Andreas, Alfred Theodore (1885). From 1857 until the fire of 1871. A. T. Andreas. pp. 103–104. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Moses, John (1895). ... History of Chicago, Illinois: Pre-historic agencies ; Rise and fall of French dominion ; First permanent settlement ; The massacre ; Rudimentary. Munsell & Company. p. 218.
  8. ^ 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.