Wilbur D. Nesbit Collection

Born in Xenia, Ohio in 1871, Wilbur D. Nesbit move to Cedarville, Ohio, prior to his years in elementary and high school. He started his writing and newspaper career at the local Cedarville Herald. Moving to Indiana in 1889, he became an editor for the Anderson Times and subsequently moved around to various cities including Muncie, Indianapolis, and Baltimore, Maryland. In 1902, Nesbit moved to Chicago, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Evening Post. In Chicago, along with several associates, he bought the William H. Rankin advertising company where he served as vice president. During his career he published numerous books of poetry and humor. His most well-known work is the poem, Your Flag and My Flag, written in 1902. It became popular during World War I for recitations in school classrooms and, once put to music, as a patriotic song. Nesbit died unexpectedly in Chicago in 1927 at the age of 55.

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