The Resource O'Ferrall collection

O'Ferrall collection

Label
O'Ferrall collection, 1839-1893;
Title
O'Ferrall collection
Inclusive dates
1839-1893;
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Charles Triplett O’Ferrall Collection, 1870-1893, consists of 273 items in a 1⁄2 Hollinger box and one item in one flat box (.209 linear feet) of correspondence to O’Ferrall when he resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as a small amount of assorted legal, financial, and miscellaneous documents which are apparently unconnected with O'Ferrall or his family, but do illustrate some common financial and legal practices of the day
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Additional physical form
AVAILABLE ON SC MICROFILM 1489 IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. SEE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIAN FOR USE.
Biographical or historical data
  • Charles Triplett O'Ferrall, Virginia judge, politician and governor, was born 21 Oct. 1840 in Frederick County, Virginia. At age 15, he was appointed clerk pro tempore of Morgan County, Virginia (now West Virginia) and later served as the County's elected circuit court clerk until the Civil War. In 1861, he joined the 12th Virginia Cavalry (CSA), rising to the rank of Colonel. In February 1865, he married Annie Hand.
  • (cont.) In 1869 O'Ferrall graduated from Washington College (now Washington and Lee) with a law degree. After moving to Harrisonburg, he was elected as a Democrat to the House of Delegates for two terms (1871-1873). In 1874, he became judge of the Rockingham County Circuit Court, a position he held until 1880. In 1882, he won the County's Congressional election and served 5 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1893 he was nominated for and was elected as Governor of Virginia. His first two years were notable for his liberal stances; however, his refusal to endorse the platform of Democrat William Jennings Bryan lead to embitterment and in 1898 he retired to Chesterfield County, near Richmond where he wrote his book "Forty Years of Active Service" in 1904. He died 22 Sept. 1905 in Richmond.
Cataloging source
VMC
Label
O'Ferrall collection
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/2015oferrall.aspx
Arrangement
Series I. Correspondence, 1870-1893, n.d.; Series II. Legal and Financial, 1873-1877, n.d.; Series III. Miscellaneous, 1874-1879, n.d.
Control code
19596668
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
Extent
1/2 Hollinger box ; l item in oversized box.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Ownership
The bulk of the collection was placed on deposit according to a contract with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Three items are the property of Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Library Locations

    • Special Collections Research CenterBorrow it
      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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