He was the son of David and Mary (Atwell) Vinton. He married twice: 1. Maria Bowen. 2. Elizabeth Mason.
He graduated from the USMA, West Point, NY in 1830. He studied law at Harvard, 1830-32, and was admitted to the bar in January 1834. He later abandoned the law and entered the General Theological seminary, New York City, where he graduated in 1838. He eventually became Rector of the Trinity Church, New York City, 1855-72. AMW knew him when she lived at Pomfret, CT.
Johnson, Rossiter (ed.), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Boston, 1904, vol. 10, p. 263.