Category Archives: Pendleton

Hiner Granville Armstrong

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770



Address: Franklin West Va. Born in Pendleton county,
Virginia (now W. Va.) Jan. 27 1855; education received in
common schools, Bridgewater high school and Oakland
Academy Virginia; occupation fanning and teaching in
public and graded schools; taught twenty-six terms; served
as County Supt. of Schools and two terms as Commissioner
of the County Court of Pendleton county; elected to House
of Delegates 1914 without opposition; re-elected in 1916;
sessions of 1917 served on the committees on Education
Private Corporations and Joint Stock Companies, Printing
and Contingent Expenses Immigration and Agriculture
Arts Science and General Improvements.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

John C. Bond

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
December 5, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II

MAJ. JOHN C. BOND, state auditor of West Virginia, is a comparatively young man
but with a record of activities that constitute real distinction. He began
earning and paying his own way when a youth. He has been a teacher, newspaper
editor and manager, and prior to his election as state auditor had served as
adjutant general of West Virginia and is an ex-service man and officer of the
World war. Major Bond was born in Pendleton County, West Virginia, in 1880, son
of William H. and Rebecca (Judy) Bond. His grandfather, Capt. John S. Bond, was
a native Pennsylvania, settled in Pendleton County in the early ’50s, and during
the Civil war was a captain of Home Guards.

John C. Bond was reared on a farm, worked in the fields, in lumber mills, as a
railroad brakeman, and in the meantime was acquiring his education in public
schools and finally in the Fairmont State Normal from which he graduated in
1902. After teaching he took up newspaper work, became editor and general
manager of the Fairmont Times, and left that city in 1907 to come to Charleston
as editor and general manager of the Charleston Daily Mail. Giving up the heavy
routine of this responsibility in 1909, he became a general correspondent and
political writer, and became widely known for his knowledge of state politics
and political personalities.

In the meantime for several years Major Bond was active in the affairs of the
National Guard. His first military experience came during the Spanish-American
war of 1898, when he joined the First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. In the
National Guard his reputation was based his on his expert skill with the rifle.
He represented the West Virginia National Guard in various rifle tournaments at
Camp Perry, Ohio, Seagirt, New Jersey, and Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1914 he was appointed adjutant general of West Virginia, with the rank of
brigadier general of the National Guard. As adjutant general it devolved upon
him in 1916 to mobilize the National Guard for service on the Mexican border.
Later, when the National Guard was mustered into the United States service, in
April, 1917, he resigned and soon afterward was accepted for service in the
National army with the rank of major. He was assigned to duty as assistant
adjutant of the Thirty-eighth Division at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. There he
was one of the three officers detailed by the War Department from the
Thirty-eighth Division to attend the Army General Staff College, A. E. F., at
Langres, France. He left for overseas on this assignment early in February,
1918. Major Bond graduated from this college with a diploma from the general
staff recommending him for general staff duty with troops-the highest
recommendation given by the general staff and most unusual honor for a soldier
from civil life. He graduated May 29, 1918, and from that date was in constant
service on the various battle fronts until the armistice. Major Bond was with
the First Division in the Montdidier-Noyon sector, and was transferred about
July 1st to the Thirty-fifth Division, on duty in Alsace, near the Swiss border.
Later, with the same division, he engaged in the St. Mihiel drive, which was the
American army’s first major offensive, and subsequently was with the
Thirty-fifth Division in the Meuse-Argonne battle. Major Bond’s Victory Medal
has four bars, indicating that he was engaged in three major offensive
operations and one defensive. His defensive work was in the Somine-Dieu in
Lorraine and in the Kruth sector in Alsace.

Major Bond returned home early in 1919 and was discharged at Hoboken in February.
He had devoted practically five years to the National Guard or National army
service. He soon afterward became a clerk in the office of the secretary of
state at Charleston, and early in 1920 announced his candidacy for the
republican nomination for state auditor. He won this honor at the primaries and
was elected in November, 1920. Major Bond is a man of military training, has the
military habit of efficiency, knows West Virginia affairs and politics, and his
skillful administration of the auditor’s office so far has fully justified the
confidence reposed by his election. He has one of the most important of the
executive offices at the capitol, the state auditor having general supervision
not only of state accounts in general but such special departments as that of
fire marshal, sheriff, corporations, warrant, insurance, lands.

Major Bond is a Scottish and York Rite Mason and Shriner, and is a member of
the Methodist Church. He married Miss Blanche Hume, and they have a son, Paul
Hume Bond.