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John Inskeep VANMETER

(1798-1875)

VANMETER, John Inskeep, a Representative from Ohio; born near Moorefield, Hardy County, Va. (now West Virginia), in February 1798; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., and was graduated from Princeton College in 1821; studied law at the school of Judge Gould in Litchfield, Conn.; was admitted to the bar of Virginia in 1822 and commenced practice in Moorefield, Va.; member of the Virginia house of delegates in 1824; retired from practice; moved to Pike County, Ohio, in 1826 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1836; served in the State senate in 1838; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; affiliated with the Democratic Party in 1856; moved to Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, in 1855, where he resided until his death August 3, 1875; interment in Grand View Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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