Silas D. Ponder Sabine Parish, Louisiana

Silas D. Ponder (attorney-at-law) was born on a farm six miles east of Robeline, Natchitoches parish, January 15, 1860.

His father, William A. Ponder, was a highly esteemed citizen of that parish, and, besides being a successful farmer, was identified with progressive and public-spirited movements; was member of the constitutional convention, and assisted in the work of banishing carpet-bag rule from his parish after the war, Silas D. Ponder spent his boyhood days on the farm, was educated at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and subsequently graduated at law from Tulane University and began the practice of law at Natchitoches.

On account of a severe attack of fever he removed to Texas, in 1886, where he lived for fifteen years, and while a citizen of that state he filled several important positions of trust, among them being prosecuting attorney of Denton County. In 1901 he moved back to the beloved state of his nativity, located at Many, and for several years was associated with his brother, Amos L. Ponder, in law practice and for a short time with R. A. Fraser, but at present is practicing entirely on his own account.

He is a successful lawyer, a genial gentleman and good citizen. Elected without opposition, he has satisfactorily served as mayor of Many.

Mr. Ponder was married, in 1885, to Miss Cora Templeman of Shreveport, and they have seven children now living, two boys and five girls.

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Source: History of Sabine Parish, Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.


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