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Charles T. O'Ferrall letter

Charles T. O'Ferrall letter, 1888 Dec. 27
Charles T. O'Ferrall letter
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1888 Dec. 27
Letter, 27 December 1888, from U.S. Congressman Charles O'Ferrall (1840-1905) of Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Charles W. Button (1822-1894) of Lynchburg, Virginia, concerning their correspondence, Button's newspaper, and O'Ferrall's hotel. Includes comments by Button and an account Button stated O'Ferrall owed for his newspaper subscription
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  • Charles Triplett O'Ferrall was born 21 October 1840 in Frederick County, Virginia. In 1855 O'Ferrall was appointed clerk pro tempore of the Morgan County, (West) Virginia circuit court, and two years later was elected clerk of the county circuit court, a position he held until the Civil War. At the start of the war, O'Ferrall joined the 12th Virginia Cavalry as a private. He served until the close of the war achieving the rank of colonel. During recuperation for a wound received at the Battle of Upperville in Enterprise, Mississippi, O'Ferrall met Annie Hand. The two married 8 February 1865.
  • In 1868 he entered Washington College (Washington & Lee) and graduated with a law degree in 1869. After moving to Harrisonburg, O'Ferrall ran as a Democrat for the House of Delegates and won a two year term (1871-1873). In 1874, he became judge of the Rockingham Count Circuit Court, a position he held until 1880. In 1882 O'Ferrall won the 7th District's Congressional election and began serving the first of five consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. In 1893, running on the bimetallic currency ticket, he was elected governor of Virginia. Upon completion of his term, O'Ferrall retired to Chesterfield County, where he wrote his book "Forty Years of Active Service" in 1904. He died 22 September 1905 in Richmond.
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