Hugh Smith Nesbitt was born April 22, 1897 in Mound City, Pulaski, Illinois, United States. He was a son of John Porter Nesbitt and Ethel Hope Smith.
In 1924, Hugh became founder and President of Nesbitt Fruit Products, Inc., bottlers of Nesbitt orange soft drink.
On January 26, 1921 Hugh married Marie Hermine Clippert in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.
1933-38 Hugh was field manager and vice president of Gobel Brewing company.
Hugh was nationally known as a breeder of horses.
On November 14, 1943, Hugh came to St. Louis, Missouri to attend the second wartime meeting sessions of the bottlers' group. On the 18th he went to the Jefferson for a party with friends. A fight began when Hugh took a glass of liquor from Bernard Oonk's table and drank it. Hugh was knocked to the floor by a strike to the head from Bernard Oonk and died without regaining consciousness. He died November 18, 1943 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital of an intracranial hemorrhage in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Hugh's body was taken to Detroit, Michigan.
↑United States Census, 1900, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbit in household of Hester M Smith, Mound City Precinct Mound city Ward 1-3, Pulaski, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 14B, family 217
↑United States Census, 1910, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbitt in household of John P Nesbitt, Mounds Ward 1, Pulaski, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 88, sheet 33A, family 201,
↑United States Census, 1930, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbitt, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 820, sheet 14A, line 48, family 275
↑United States Census, 1940 FamilySearch. Hugh P Nesbitt, Tract 381, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-40, sheet 11B, line 54, family 209