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John Inskeep Vanmeter

February 1798
August 3, 1875
Home Town:
Moorehead, VA
Later Residences:
Pike County, OH
Chillicothe, OH
Biographical Notes:
John Inskeep Vanmeter was born in February of 1798 in Moorehead, VA (present day West Virginia.) He attended William and Mary College and later received an honorary Bachelors Degree from Princeton in 1821.

He was admitted to the bar of Virginia in 1822 and commenced practice in Moorefield. He served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1824 and retired from his legal practice.

In 1826, he moved to Pike County, Ohio and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1836 and in the Ohio Senate in 1838.

Vanmeter was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844.

He moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1855, where he resided until his death August 3, 1875. He was interred in Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the College of William and Mary College and later received an honorary Bachelors Degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1821.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (OH) 1843-1845
State Posts:
State Representative (VA) 1824
State Representative (OH) 1836
State Senator (OH) 1838

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774 - 1927. United States Government Printing Office, 1928.

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