Biography of Charles Pope O’Fallon
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Charles Pope O’Fallon, a representative in the third generation of the O’Fallon family in St. Louis, giving his attention to the management of estates, and invested interests, was born in Madison county, Alabama, August 3, 1868, and is a son of John Julius O’Fallon, mentioned elsewhere in this work. His ancestral line is one of which he has every reason to be proud and is given in detail in the sketch of his father.
Dr. James O’Fallon served as a surgeon in the American army in the Revolutionary war and the great-granduncles of Charles P. O’Fallon included General William Clark, Governor William Clark and George Rogers Clark, while one of his great-uncles was Dr. Charles A. Pope, a celebrated surgeon.
Charles P. O’Fallon, after attending the public schools of St. Louis, continued his education under a private tutor and afterward had as his preceptor President George B. Stone, of Washington University. He entered Princeton, becoming a member in the class of 1890. Impaired eyesight, however, obliged him to discontinue his studies and later he obtained a clerkship in the Merchants National Bank. His business training in that connection has proven of great value to him since he took over the management of estates. It was in 1891 that he joined his father in this business and through this connection he has become financially interested in various enterprises of St. Louis. He is a man of marked enterprise and keen business sagacity, who readily discriminates between the essential and the non-essential in all business affairs.
On the 24th of February, 1910, Mr. O’Fallon was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary G. Overton of Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and like his forebears, takes great interest in promoting the work of the church and extending its influence. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and the nature of his interests is further indicated in the fact that he is a member of the Business Men’s League, the St. Louis Club, the St. Louis Country Club and the Noonday Club. While not possessed of large wealth, he is a most approachable and genial gentleman and one whose friends in St. Louis are legion.