Terry, Roderick, 1876-1951.

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These letters came to the Redwood Library as part of the bequest of Roderick Terry Jr. (1876-1951), who served as president of the Library's Board of Directors from 1940 to 1948. He was a graduate of Yale in 1898 and also continued onto Yale Law School. His father, Rev. Dr. Roderick Terry (1849-1933), who had also served as president of the Board, between 1916 and 1933, was collector of books and manuscripts. Roderick Terry Sr. graduated from Yale in 1870, the Union Theological Seminary in 1875 and was awarded an LL.D from Princeton in 1881. Although the major part of Mr. Terry's collection was sold after his death (it bought $270,000 at three sales in 1934 and 1935) his son kept several thousand items which were left to the Library at his death. Both Roderick Terry Sr. and Jr. were considered Newport's "leading philanthropists," during their respective times, and were famous bibliophiles. The Children's Ward of the Newport Hospital was named in honor of Eunice Terry Hale, the daughter of Roderick Terry Sr. as he was very active in supporting the hospital and also the Newport chapter of the Red Cross. (Excerpts from a letter written by Robert Behra, Curator of Special Collections at the Redwood Library, and New York Times (1857-Current file); Dec 29, 1933; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2005) pg. 21).

From the description of Roderick Terry Jr. Autograph Collection, 1672-1940, 1750-1915. (Redwood Library & Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 463619730

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creatorOf Terry, Roderick, 1876-1951. Roderick Terry Jr. Autograph Collection, 1672-1940, 1750-1915. Redwood Library & Athenaeum
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associatedWith Allen, Ethan, 1738-1789. person
associatedWith Arbuthnot, Marriott, 1711?-1794. person
associatedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. person
associatedWith Benjamin, Walter Romeyn, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Berkeley, George, 1685-1753. person
associatedWith Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. person
associatedWith Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836. person
associatedWith Champlin, George C., 1738-1809. person
associatedWith Clap, Nathaniel, 1669-1745. person
associatedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. person
associatedWith Cooke, Rose Terry, 1827-1892. person
associatedWith Dorchester, Guy Carleton, Baron, 1724-1808. person
associatedWith Edwards, Jonathan, 1745-1801. person
associatedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. person
associatedWith Hancock, John, 1737-1793. person
associatedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. person
associatedWith North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792. person
associatedWith Roderick Terry, 1876-1951, person
associatedWith Stiles, Ezra, 1727-1795. person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Whitter, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Newport (R.I.)
Authors, American


Birth 1876

Death 1951

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