J.W. Terry Letter, 1889.
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Field graduated from Williams College (1837), studied law with David Dudley Field, remaining his partner until 1848. He served as associate justice of the U.S. States Supreme Court (1863-1897). From the description of Letters and autographs of Stephen J. Field, 1875, 1895. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 234339000 California lawyer and jurist; U.S. Supreme Court justice, 1863. From the description of Letter : Sacramento, [Calif., to Abraham Linc...
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...
J.W. Terry's letter consists of a biographical sketch and defense of his relative, former Chief Justice of California Supreme Court, David Smith Terry (1823-1889), of California, who was shot dead in Lathrop, Calif. train station after threatening U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1863-1897), Stephen J. Field (1816-1899), over a personal matter involving Terry's wife, Sarah Althea Hill Terry (1853-1937). David Terry, a southerner of extreme views, was notorious for violent conduct, having stabbed a me...