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VAWTER, John, pioneer, born in Orange (now Madison) county, Virginia, 8 January, 1782; died in Morgantown, Indiana, 17 August, 1862. He was licensed as a Baptist minister in 1804, and in 1807, with his father, removed to the sparsely inhabited territory of Indiana, and settled in Madison, of which he was the first magistrate. He was soon afterward elected sheriff of Jefferson and Clarke counties, and in 1810 was appointed United States marshal for the state, he served as a frontier ranger during the Indian campaign of 1811-'13, was elected colonel of militia of Jennings county in 1817, and founded Vernon, the county-seat. He was pastor of the Baptist church in Vernon in 1821-'48, a member of the legislature in 1831-'5, and in 1836 of the senate, where he was instrumental in securing the adoption of a policy of internal improvement by the state. He removed to Morgan county in 1848, founded Morgantown, and presented a brick church to the Baptist congregation of that place.
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