John I. Vanmeter

John Inskeep VanMeter (* February 1798 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia; † August 3, 1875 in Chillicothe, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Born in what is now West Virginia John VanMeter attended Princeton College, the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, and from then until 1821. After a subsequent law school in Litchfield (Connecticut) and his 1822 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Moorefield in this profession. In 1824 he sat in the House of Representatives of Virginia. Around this time, he gave up his legal profession. In 1826 he moved to the Pike County, Ohio, where he worked in agriculture. In the 1830s he joined the Whig Party was founded at that time. In 1836 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio; In 1838 he was a member of the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1842 VanMeter was in the eighth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph Ridgway on 4 March 1843. Since he has not been confirmed in 1844, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1845. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico. These discussions led immediately after the end of Vanmeters legislature to Mexican-American War.

After the dissolution of his party John VanMeter moved in 1856 to the Democrats. Since 1855 he lived in Chillicothe, where he died on August 3, 1875.