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Elijah Bond
American lawyer and inventor

Elijah Bond

Elijah Bond
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Intro American lawyer and inventor
Was Engineer
From United States of America
Field Engineering
Gender male
Birth 23 January 1847, Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland, USA
Death 14 April 1921, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (aged 74 years)
Star sign Aquarius
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Elijah Jefferson Bond (January 23, 1847 – April 14, 1921) was an American lawyer and inventor. He is best known for patenting the ouija board.

Early life

Elijah Jefferson Bond was born on January 23, 1847, in Bel Air, Maryland, to Charlotte Howard (née Richardson) and William B. Bond. His father was a judge. Bond graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Bond served in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He worked as a lawyer in Baltimore until around 1918.


Although he invented and patented items, including a steam boiler, he is best remembered for patenting what became known as the Ouija board. He filed for a United States patent on May 28, 1890. Charles W. Kennard and William H. A. Maupin were listed as assignees. The patent was granted on February 3, 1891. Bond sold the US distribution rights for the Ouija board to the Kennard Novelty Company.

Swastika Novelty Company

By 1907 Bond had relocated to West Virginia where he established the Swastika Novelty Company. The company produced a knock-off of Bond's original Ouija board called the "Nirvana". The Swastika Novelty Company was a U.S. corporation that was incorporated in June 1, 1957, and dissolved on December 30, 2014. The company status was revoked after failure to file an annual report. The company's officers were Bond, E. T. Crawford and J. E. Crawford.

Personal life

Bond married Mary Peters of Baltimore. They had at least one son, William B. Bond.

Bond died on April 14, 1921, at the home of his son at 3304 Clifton Avenue in Baltimore. He was buried in Baltimore's Green Mount Cemetery, beneath a marker that resembles an Ouija board.


  • Gruss, Edmund (1994), The Ouija Board: Horror of Reality, New York: P&R Publishing, pp. 13–15


The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 28 Sep 2023. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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