Charles Triplett O'Ferrall was born in Frederick County, Va., 21 October 1840. He served in the Confederate cavalry. He graduated from the law department of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and practiced law in Harrisonburg, Va. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and as judge of the Rockingham County Court. O'Ferrall served in the U. S. House of Representatives 1884-1893 and as governor of Virginia 1894-1898. He died in Richmond on 22 September 1905 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.