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Born in Clark County, Kentucky on June 19, 1873, post medical degree course at Mothers' and Babies Hospital in New York and Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled in New York (June 1898); August 23, 1898, contracted with U.S. Government to serve as assistant acting surgeon in the army at Fort Thomas, KY, November 16, 1898, was assigned to the Sixth Infantry and ordered to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, May, 1899, sent to San Francisco with Sixth Infantry for embarkation to Manila, arrived Manila Bay, June 13, 1899, as surgeon of the First Battalion, campaigned over islands for several months, until latter part of November when he was assigned to surgical ward of Hospital No. 3, Manila, in June, 1900 sailed for United States; From beginning 1901, returned to Lexington, practicing specialty of surgery; met May H. Wetherill while on duty at Fort Sam Houston, married after his return from the Phillipines. Charles Kerr, 3 History of Kentucky, p. 391 (American Historical Society, Chicago & New York 1922).
Obituary, Lexington Leader, p. 1, Thursday, March 8, 1934: age 60, prominent physician and surgeon, formerly of Lexington, died March 8. 1934 at 7:30 a.m. at home in Rancho Santa Fe, California after a long illness; moved to California about 1931; had served as army surgeon during Spanish- American War and World War I; rank of major during WWI; native of Clark County, Kentucky, son of Benjamin F. and Amelia Lewis VanMeter; received early education at private school in Winchester and at Kentucky State College, graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York in 1897, post graduate work at other New York hospitals; returned to Lexington to live and practice after the Spanish-American War; in 1917, was made Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; served as president of the Fayette County Medical Society, attending surgeon at both local hospitals, chief surgeon of the Kentucky National Guard; survivors: wife, May Hubbard Wetherill VanMeter, son, Benjamin F. VanMeter, III, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Averitt, Lexington, KY, Mrs. Stanley Leland, New York City, sisters, Miss Mabelle VanMeter and Mrs. Emma V. Hamilton, both of Lexington, and brother, Thomas VanMeter, Lexington, KY.
Will Book 16, page 308, Fayette County Clerk's office, dated 28 May 1930, probated 9 April 1934; wife May W. VanMeter, children, Margaret V. Averett, Isabella V. Leland, Benjamin F. VanMeter, Jr.