At Virginia, he was a law student, captain and quarterback of the football team,, member of Phi Kappa Psi, the Z Society and Eli Banana, and editor of both Corks and Curls and College Topics. He completed law school at Virginia and practiced law in Washington, DC while his father, Thomas Clendinen Catchings, was in Congress, then returned with his father to Vicksburg to establish the practice of Catchings & Catchings. He was appointed judge of the 9th Mississippi District in 1905,  and died unexpectedly of heart disease in 1916.
- The Catchings and Holliday Families. A. B. Caldwell. 1927. p. 133. http://www.archive.org/stream/catchingshollida00catc/catchingshollida00catc_djvu.txt.
- University of Virginia Catalog 1891-1892. 1892. p. ix. http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=2005_Q4_3/uvaBook/tei/z000000165.xml;chunk.id=d23;toc.depth=1;toc.id=;brand=default;query=doubleday#1.
- "Oliver W Catchings, Virginia Cavaliers". http://old.lostlettermen.com/player/profile/oliver-catchings. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- Catchings, Thomas Clendinen; Torrey, Mary Clendinen Catchings; Churchill, Charles Robert (1921). The Catchings and Holliday Families. pp. 133ff. http://books.google.com/books?id=zDc5AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA138&lpg=PA138&dq=%22oliver+w.+catchings%22&source=bl&ots=6ZqqgS0MV4&sig=WvhbMOFzKfDIDwhVlaB25pIk_q0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tIhVUunEHLG34AOtz4GgDA&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAjgK#v=onepage&q=%22oliver%20w.%20catchings%22&f=false.
- Dunbar Rowland, ed (1907). Mississippi: Contemporary Biography. pp. 131–132. http://books.google.com/books?id=rUwTAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA131&ots=tk1z4uRdrn&dq=%22oliver%20w.%20catchings%22&pg=PA131#v=onepage&q=%22oliver%20w.%20catchings%22&f=false.