Thaddeus C. Pound

Thaddeus Coleman Pound (December 6, 1832[notes 1] – November 20[2] or 21,[3] 1914) was an American businessman from Wisconsin who served in both houses of the Wisconsin legislature, as the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, and as a U.S. Representative (1877–1883).[4] His brother was Albert Pound, who also served in the Wisconsin Assembly.[5] He was the grandfather of poet Ezra Pound.[6]

Thaddeus C. Pound
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1877  March 3, 1883
Preceded byGeorge W. Cate
Succeeded byWilliam T. Price
10th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1870  January 1, 1872
GovernorLucius Fairchild
Preceded byWyman Spooner
Succeeded byMilton H. Pettit
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Chippewa, Dunn district
In office
January 1, 1869  January 1, 1870
Preceded bySamuel W. Hunt
Succeeded byJedediah W. Granger
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire district
In office
January 1, 1866  January 1, 1868
Preceded byFrancis R. Church
Succeeded by
  • Samuel W. Hunt
  • for Chippewa and Dunn
  • Horace W. Barnes
  • for Eau Claire and Pepin
In office
January 1, 1864  January 1, 1865
Preceded byWilliam H. Smith
Succeeded byFrancis R. Church
Personal details
Born(1832-12-06)December 6, 1832
Elk Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 21, 1914(1914-11-21) (aged 81)
Chicago, Illinois
Resting placeForest Hill Cemetery
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican

Life and career

Born in Elk Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania, Pound moved with his parents, Judith Coleman and Elijah Pound, to Monroe County, New York in 1838 and then to the city of Rochester, New York, afterwards moving to what is now Rock County, Wisconsin.

He became a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin State Senate. Pound was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin serving under Governor Lucius Fairchild from January 3, 1870 till January 1, 1872. In 1876, Pound was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress, replacing Democrat George W. Cate in representing Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. He was reelected to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883), and was succeeded in the 48th Congress by fellow Republican William T. Price.

During his time as a representative, Pound was a prominent businessman in Wisconsin. He was president of the Chippewa Falls and Western Railway and the St. Paul Eastern Grand Trunk Railway (both predecessors of the Soo Line Railroad). He also served as president of the Chippewa Spring Water Company (a company still in business as of 2008) as well as the Union Lumber Company, which was reorganized as the Chippewa Falls Lumber and Boom Company in 1879.

Death and tribute

He died in Chicago, Illinois on November 20[2] or 21,[3] 1914. The village of Pound, Wisconsin, is named in his honor.[3][7]


  1. His birthdate, which is actually in 1832, is often given as 1833 (probably as a result of subtracting his age from his death date, when he was born in December, resulting in error.) 1832 is correct, as confirmed by his death certificate.[1]


  1. Wilhelm, J. J. (1985). The American Roots of Ezra Pound. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc. p. 13. ISBN 0-8240-7500-5.
  2. "Thaddeus C. Pound Dead". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. November 21, 1914. p. 7. Retrieved April 21, 2016 via
  3. Easton, Larry E. (Summer 2007). "The Wisconsin Central in Eau Claire". The Soo. The Soo Line Historical and Technical Society. 29 (3): 9–43.
  4. "Thaddeus C. Pound, 1870-1872". Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  5. The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men: Wisconsin Volume, Volume 1, American Biographical Publishing Company: 1877, Biographical Sketch of Albert Pound, pg. 256-257
  6. Odd Wisconsin Archives
  7. Pound, Thaddeus Coleman 1833 - 1914
Political offices
Preceded by
Wyman Spooner
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
January 3, 1870January 1, 1872
Succeeded by
Milton Pettit
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Cate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
William T. Price
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