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William Nesbit

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William Nesbit

Birth
Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
26 Oct 1895 (aged 73)
Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA GPS-Latitude: 40.439625, Longitude: -78.4011763
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Aged 73 yrs. Husband of Sarah. Father of William Jr., Frederick Douglas, Charles, Eliza and Sarah. Cause of death: pneumonia.

A resident of Altoona, a barber by trade, William was president of The Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League. He made a trip aboard the Isla De Cuba in 1853, under the auspices of the American Colonization Society to Liberia. In 1855 he published a pamphlet entitled "Four Months in Liberia, Or, African Colonization Exposed" in which he described his experiences and observations in the Liberian colony. The pamphlet was highly critical of the colonization scheme. He later toured the northeast, extensively debating the issue.

Nesbit also served as a Notary Public in Altoona, and was a Blair county Republican delegate to the State Convention.

Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald, 28 October 1895:

"William Nesbit, one of the most prominent colored men of the county, died at his home in Altoona Saturday morning. He was aged about 73 years. His entire life was given to the elevation of his race. He was a man of strong character and the influence of his good judgment extended beyond the ranks of his own people. His death will be regretted by all who were so fortunate as to have his acquaintance."
Aged 73 yrs. Husband of Sarah. Father of William Jr., Frederick Douglas, Charles, Eliza and Sarah. Cause of death: pneumonia.

A resident of Altoona, a barber by trade, William was president of The Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League. He made a trip aboard the Isla De Cuba in 1853, under the auspices of the American Colonization Society to Liberia. In 1855 he published a pamphlet entitled "Four Months in Liberia, Or, African Colonization Exposed" in which he described his experiences and observations in the Liberian colony. The pamphlet was highly critical of the colonization scheme. He later toured the northeast, extensively debating the issue.

Nesbit also served as a Notary Public in Altoona, and was a Blair county Republican delegate to the State Convention.

Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald, 28 October 1895:

"William Nesbit, one of the most prominent colored men of the county, died at his home in Altoona Saturday morning. He was aged about 73 years. His entire life was given to the elevation of his race. He was a man of strong character and the influence of his good judgment extended beyond the ranks of his own people. His death will be regretted by all who were so fortunate as to have his acquaintance."

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  • Created by: Kathie Weigel
  • Added: Jun 4, 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14502575/william-nesbit: accessed ), memorial page for William Nesbit (11 Oct 1822–26 Oct 1895), Find a Grave Memorial ID 14502575, citing Union African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Kathie Weigel (contributor 46524425).