Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., by unidentified artist, undated
Location: courtroom foyer, far right
Born August 20, 1769 in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
Died February 2, 1838 in Stafford County, Virginia.
Appointed by Governor George William Smith on May 11, 1811 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of St. George Tucker and began his service on June 1, 1811. Elected by the General Assembly on December 12, 1811. Service terminated by resignation.
Attended the College of William and Mary, 1789
Other judicial service:
Judge, General Court, 1809-1811
Private practice of law in Augusta County, Virginia, 1791-1809, circa
Clerk, District Court for Augusta, Bath, Pendleton, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties, 1793-1803, circa
Commonwealth’s attorney, Augusta County, Virginia, 1803-1809
Further reading/Research collections
Appointed and elected, 16 Va., xx; resigned, 29 Va., iii; education, A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia From 1693-1888, (Richmond: Division of Purchase and Printing, 1941), 13; birth, death, and career, Timothy S. Huebner, “John Coalter (1769-1838),” Dictionary of Virginia Biography (1998); portrait, Library of Virginia catalog.