Alex. Nisbet. registrar of the United States land office at Evanston, was born in Knightswood, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, January 27, 1865, a son of Alexander and Isabella ( Porterfield) Nisbet, who were also natives of the land of hills and heather. The father was a coal and iron stone miner, devoting his life to that pursuit. He passed away November 28, 1887, at the age of fifty years, after which his widow came to America in 1891, making her way direct to Almy, Wyoming, where she resided for a few years. She then returned to Scotland but again came to this state in 1898 and soon afterward took up her abode in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she departed this life in 1914 at the age of seventy-seven years. In the family were twelve children.
Alex. Nisbet, who was the fifth in order of birth, was educated in the public schools of Knightswood and remained a resident of his native land until he reached the age of twenty-three years, when he determined to establish his home in America, attracted by the better business opportunities which he believed to be existing on this side of the Atlantic. In 1888, therefore, he bade adieu to his native land and made his way to the United States. After reaching American shores he traveled westward across the continent to Ohio, where he engaged in coal mining, and in 1889 he came to Wyoming, first settling at Almy, where he was employed as coal check weighman in No. 7 coal mine by the Union Pacific Coal Company. He represented the miners as check weighman and continued in that position until 1894, when he became chief deputy county clerk of Uinta county. He served from 1895 until 1903 and from 1911 until 1914 again occupied that position. He was city treasurer of Evanston from 1907 until 1911 and on the 1st of February, 1915, he took charge of the United States land office as registrar, his incumbency in the position to continue until the 1st of February, 1918. At that time he was reappointed for another term of four years and continues in the position. He has made an excellent record as a public official, being true and loyal to the trusts reposed in him, and prompt and faithful in the discharge of his duties. His record is most commendable and should serve as a source of inspiration and emulation to others. Mr. Nisbet is recognized as a stalwart champion of the democratic party and his position upon any important question is never an equivocal one. He stands fearlessly for what he believes to be right and gives clear utterance to his opinions. He filled the position of county chairman of the democratic central committee and was secretary of the central committee of Uinta county for five terms. He also was chosen a member of the democratic state central committee from Uinta county for two terms and his opinions have carried weight in the councils of his party.
On the 24th of June, 1892, Mr. Nisbet was married in Almy, Uinta county, to Miss Maggie Campbell, a native of Scotland and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell. They have become the parents of five children, of whom two. however, have passed away. Those living are: Alexander C, residing in Evanston; Matthew M., a yeoman of the United States Navy, now at San Francisco; and Maggie, who is also in Evanston.
Fraternally Mr. Nisbet is connected with the Knights of The Maccabees and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He was reared in the Presbyterian faith, to which he has always adhered, and is a trustee of the church in Evanston. His has been a well spent life, true to every manly principle and actuated at all times by high and honorable purposes. He started out in the business world a poor boy. He left home and came to America in order to provide a home for the family, which purpose he accomplished. He was the head of the family for some time after his father's death, and he has fully met every obligation, filial and otherwise, that has devolved upon him. His genuine worth is widely recognized, for he has ever been true to the ties of home and friendship, has been progressive and reliable in business, and loyal and public-spirited in citizenship.