Papers of David Smith Terry, 1849-1933.


Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889. Papers of David Smith Terry, 1849-1933.

Papers of David Smith Terry, 1849-1933.

The collection consists of letters and documents related to David Smith Terry's family life and judicial and political career. There are also materials related to the Terry-Broderick duel, Texas frontier life and political events before and during the Civil War, as seen chiefly in the personal correspondence between Terry, his wife and family.

260 pieces.4 boxes.

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Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889 (person)

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...

Broderick, David C. (David Colbreth), 1820-1859 (person)

U.S. Senator from Calif., 1857-1859. From the description of David C. Broderick passport and letters testamentary : DS, 1849-1860. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122563619 ...