Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889

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David Smith Terry was a lawyer, politician, and California Supreme Court justice. Born in Kentucky, he lived in Texas during the Revolution and joined the Texas Rangers during the Mexican War. After settling in California, he was elected a judge of the Supreme Court in 1855. Political rivalry with David C. Broderick, culminated in the famous Terry-Broderick duel in 1859, in which Broderick was killed. Terry joined the Confederate army during the Civil War and returned to California afterwards to resume his law practice. He was shot in 1889 after a personal feud with Justice Stephen J. Field.

From the description of Papers of David Smith Terry, 1849-1933. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122445916

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referencedIn Terry, J. W. J.W. Terry Letter, 1889. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn [Family portrait purported to be Judge David Smith Terry and family] [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889. Papers of David Smith Terry, 1849-1933. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Lampson (Robin) Collection, 1868-1975 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Biography -- Terry, David S. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Lampson, Robin, 1900-. Robin Lampson collection, 1868-1937. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Joseph, L. Papers relating to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, 1856, 1856 May - Aug. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Laura Gordon papers, [ca. 1852-1882] Bancroft Library
referencedIn San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856. Records of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856, 1853-1858. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Teiser, Ruth. Research materials regarding the Sharon-Hill divorce case of 1883-1889, 1883-19?. California Historical Society
referencedIn California Judges [graphic - album]: Photographs from the Papers of J. Edward Johnson, 19-- Bancroft Library
referencedIn Riordan, James, 1949-. James Riordan letters to his family : San Francisco, 1859-1861. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Herrin, William F. (William Franklin), 1854-1927. [Sharon v. Terry and Newlands v. Terry. Bills of revivor, arguments, and opinions]. Yale University, Law School Library
creatorOf Hall, John B., 1821-1906. San Joaquin County Legal Papers, 1861-1898. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Macondray, Frederic William, 1840-. Frederic William Macondray letterpress copybook : ms. S, [1859 Jan.-1860 May]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Nyström, Charles W. Charles W. Nystrom letter, 1856 July 4 : San Francisco, to his aunt : A.L.S. and typed transcript. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Terry, John Wharton, 1860-1936. John Wharton Terry notes concerning his uncle, David S. Terry, 1934-1936. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Rand, Charles Edward, 1833-. Letters, 1852-1857. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Broderick, David C. (David Colbreth), 1820-1859. person
correspondedWith Gordon, Laura de Force, 1838-1907 person
associatedWith Hall, John B., 1821-1906. person
associatedWith Johnson, J. Edward, b. 1890 person
associatedWith Lampson, Robin, 1900- person
associatedWith Macondray, Frederic William, 1840- person
associatedWith Nyström, Charles W. person
associatedWith Rand, Charles Edward, 1833- person
associatedWith Riordan, James, 1949- person
associatedWith Robin Lampson person
associatedWith San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856. corporateBody
associatedWith Teiser, Ruth. person
associatedWith Terry, John Wharton, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Terry, J. W. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Frontier and pioneer life


Birth 1823-03-08

Death 1889-08-14


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