Biography of Charles Rudolph Nesbitt

Although one of the younger representatives of the legal fraternity of Miami, his years seem no bar to the progress of Charles Rudolph Nesbitt, who has already attained a clientele and a reputation that many an older practitioner might well envy. He was born at Colony, Kansas, May 24, 1892, his parents being Frank W. and Mary (Halley) Nesbitt, both natives of Ohio. They removed from that state to Kansas, in which the father followed the occupation of farming. In religious faith he was a Methodist and his demise occurred in 1892.

The youngest in a family of five children, Charles R. Nesbitt attended the grammar schools of his native city and the high school at Garnett, Kansas. In 1907 he entered the University of Kansas, which conferred upon him the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911, while in the following year he received the M. A. degree, on the completion of a course in economics, winning a scholarship which gave him the privilege of attending Yale University. For two years he was a law student at that institution, which conferred upon him the master’s degree, and during that period he became a member of the Acacia Club. He continued his studies by a year’s attendance at the University of Wisconsin and while acquiring his legal training was connected with the state railroad commission. In 1916 he came to Oklahoma and after his admission to the bar of this state he entered upon the practice of his profession in association with his brother, Frank W. Nesbitt, a well known attorney of the city. They conduct a general law business and the list of their clients is an extensive one. Mr. Nesbitt is an earnest and discriminating student and is well read in the minutiae of the law. He is able to base his argument upon knowledge of and familiarity with precedents and to present a case upon its merits, never failing to recognize the main point at issue and never neglecting to give a thorough preparation.

In March,. 1919, Mr. Nesbitt was united in marriage to Miss Irma Wilhelmi of Lawrence, Kansas, who was graduated from the Kansas State University with the A. B. degree. They have two children: Ilsa Louise and Charles R, Jr. During the World war Mr. Nesbitt did all in his power to promote the Liberty Loan drives and other measures promulgated by the government, being a most loyal and patriotic American. He is a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and is also identified with the Masonic order, belonging to Miami Lodge, No. 140, F. & A. M., while his political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party. He is a self-educated, self-made young man of exceptional intellectual attainments. Early recognizing the fact that industry and perseverance must constitute elements in success, along those lines he has labored for advancement, and wisely and conscientiously utilizing the talents with which nature has endowed him, he is rapidly coming to the front in his profession, while his fine personal qualities have won for him the unqualified respect and confidence of all with whom he has been associated.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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