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Nesbitt, James J., Hon.

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Nesbitt, James J., Hon.
February 25, 2007 05:03PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, 1887
Bath County

HON. JAMES J. NESBITT was born in Owingsville, Bath County, Ky., March 22,
1846, and is a son of the Hon. James M. and Mary (Calk) Nesbitt. James M.
Nesbitt was also a native of Bath County, and was a son of Hugh Nesbitt, who
was born in Tennessee but was brought to Kentucky when a child by his
parents. Hugh was a saddler by trade, but also dealt extensively in horses,
driving large droves of them South. The father of Hugh was James Nesbitt, a
native of Ireland. Mary (Calk) Nesbitt was a daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth (Keys) Calk, and was born in Montgomery County, Ky. James J.
Nesbitt received a liberal education, being one of the first matriculates of
the A. & M. College at Lexington, Ky. He read law under his father, and was
admitted to the bar in September, 1873. For thirteen years he was master
commissioner of the Bath County circuit court. He opened a law office to
himself and has never had a partner. In 1885 he was elected to the
Legislature, and re-elected in 1887 without opposition. April 21, 1868, he
married Mollie Lee, a daughter of J.A.J. and Maria Lee. They are the
parents of one child, Daisey. Mr. Nesbitt and wife are active members of
the Christian Church. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a Democrat. In speaking
of Mr. Nesbitt's legislative career, a local journal says: "Mr. Nesbitt is
the most incisive and cutting speaker in the House of Representatives. He
has a clear, ringing voice, is cool and self-possessed, a skillful
parliamentarian, and a careful, guarded debater. He attempts no display of
oratorical powers, but goes straight at the subject with a directness and
vigor that have a telling effect. Being thoroughly fearless in whatever he
undertakes, he is a powerful ally or a dangerous opponent in whatever
matters of legislation he may be interested." Though an active participant
in political matters, he has held no elective office prior to his present
term in the Legislature, although enjoying a popularity and prominence in
his county and district that would make him a dangerous contestant for any
office within the gift of the people. Mr. Nesbitt's committee assignments
are important ones, being the Chairmanship of the Sinking Fund, and a member
of the Ways and Means and the Judiciary.
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