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Oliver Whitehead Catchings (Sept. 20, 1872 - June 14, 1916)[1] of Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the captain and starting quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers football team in 1891.[2][3] While a law student at the University of Virginia he was also manager of the Virginia Glee Club.[4] He was also a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the Z Society and Eli Banana,[5] and editor of both Corks and Curls (the yearbook) and College Topics (the student newspaper).[1]

He completed law school at Virginia and practiced law in Washington, DC while his father, Thomas C. Catchings, served as the U.S. Representative from Mississippi, then returned with his father to Vicksburg to establish the law practice of Catchings & Catchings. He was appointed judge of the 9th Mississippi District in 1905, [6] and died unexpectedly of heart disease in 1916.


  1. ^ a b The Catchings and Holliday Families. A. B. Caldwell. 1927. p. 133. 
  2. ^ Corks and Curls. V. 1892. p. 131. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Oliver W Catchings, Virginia Cavaliers". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  4. ^ University of Virginia Catalog 1891-1892. 1892. p. ix. 
  5. ^ Catchings, Thomas Clendinen; Torrey, Mary Clendinen Catchings; Churchill, Charles Robert (1921). The Catchings and Holliday Families. pp. 133ff. 
  6. ^ Dunbar Rowland, ed. (1907). Mississippi: Contemporary Biography. pp. 131–132.