The Resource Charles T. O'Ferrall papers, 1839-1893
- Charles T. O'Ferrall papers, 1839-1893
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- This collection principally consists of correspondence (letters and postcards), but there also is legal, financial, and miscellaneous material related to Charles Triplett O'Ferrall (1840-1905) of Frederick County and Harrisonburg, Virginia. The correspondence contains personal and business correspondence dated 1870-1893, the period when O'Ferrall lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The business correspondence specifically concerns legal matters, which occurred while O'Ferrall was a circuit court judge and state delegate representing Harrisonburg. The personal correspondence concerns family matters including many letters expressing sympathy for the death of Annie Hand O'Ferrall in 1879. Also of note is correspondence from the State Conservative Executive Committee, a group that supported O'Ferrall's political campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates and the governorship. The legal, financial and miscellaneous material consists of deeds, wills, and bills
- The newspaper clippings series includes a clipping from the Staunton Spectator (4 July 1877) on "The Public Debt--General Mahone's Views" and also one from a Washington, D.C. paper discussing the Democratic policy in Virginia with "An Early Convention, Payne and Lee, and an Aggressive Fight." Other clippings are titled "Mr. Alexander's reply to the last card of Col. Chas. T. O'Ferrall," 15 June, 1893, and "Remarks of Hon. Chas. T. O'Ferrall of Virginia on the life and character of Hon. William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, delivered in the House of Representatives," 6 Feb. 1892, Washington, and an "Address to the Democrats of Virginia: The Record of Hon. Charles T. O'Ferrall, and his claims upon the Democratic Gubernatorial Nomination."
- Biographical or historical data
- 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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- Location of originals duplicates
- Originals, which are owned by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, are located in Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
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