Benjamin Franklin Nesbitt
|NESBITT, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, business executive, was born in Grant County, Ind., Jan.
9, 1870, son of Darius Nesbitt and Mary Ann John. His father was a farmer.
He received his preparatory education at local schools and the Fairmount Academy (Ind.), was graduated A.B. in 1897 at Indiana University and then took an engineering course at Purdue University, from which he received an M.S. degree in 1899.
Subsequently he entered the service of the Vincennes (Ind.) Bridge Co. as a draftsman. He remained with this company until 1920 when the pressure of other interests led him to resign. He operated an extensive fruit orchard and was president of hte board of directors of the Vincennes Rose Gardens, a director in the American National Bank, Blackford Window Glass Co., Dixie Orchard Co. and Osterhage Lumber Co. and a stockholder in the Standard Coal Co. and the Knox Consolidated Coal Companies.
From 1932 until his death he was president of the Vincennes Savings & Loan Association. Active in the city's civic life, he was president of the local Y.M.C.A. for 31 years, a charter member and president of the Vincennes Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of Vincennes University.
During American participation in the First World War he was a leader in the Liberty loan campaigns and treasurer of the Knox County chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Masonic order (32d degree, Knight Templar, Shriner). For a number of years he was superintendent of the junior department of the Sunday school of the First Christian Church of Vincennes and a member and at the time of his death vice president of its board of elders.
From 1916 unti lhis death he was a director of the Indiana School of Religion, which he
served at different times as vice president and president. In politics he was a
Democrat. He was married twice: (1) in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept 3, 1899, to
Daisy Louise, daughter of Julius Dow Fee, a contractor, of Bloomington, Inc.; they had two
children: Francis Glen and James Robert Nesbitt (died in infancy); (2) in Terre
Haute, Ind., Sept. 6, 1920, to Ida Charlotte, daughter of Joseph Kirchhoff, a farmer, of
Knox County; they had two children; Mary Ann and John Daniel Nesbitt. His death
occurred in Evansville, Ind., Aug 30, 1942.
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