Bachelor, West Virginia University, 1964. Juris Doctor, West Virginia University, 1967.
Bar: West Virginia 1967, United States District Court (northern and southern districts) West Virginia 1967, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1969. Law clerk to chief judge The United States of America District Court (northern district) West Virginia, 1967-1968. Associate Farmer & Farmer, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1968-1971.
Member of faculty West Virginia University College Law, 1971, professor of law, 1977, acting dean, 1981-1982, 1992-1993, Executive officer university, 1982-1986.
Magistrate judge, United States District Court Northern District West Virginia, 1977. Reporter Speedy Trial Planning Group, Northern District West Virginia.
Member West Virginia.Stat Bar Continuing Education Committee.
Member Monongalia County Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar Association, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Order of Coif. Reporter: Local Rules of Practice, Northern District of West Virginia, 1980.
Married Susan Carol Vass, June 6, 1964. Children: John Welton III, Jennifer Lynn.