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David S. Terry

David S. TerryAKA David Smith Terry

Born: 8-Mar-1823
Birthplace: Christian County, KY
Died: 14-Aug-1889
Location of death: Lathrop, CA
Cause of death: Justifiable Homicide
Remains: Buried, Stockton Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge, Military
Party Affiliation: Democratic [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: California Chief Justice, 1857-59

Military service: Texan Army; US Army (Mexican War); Confederate Army (brigadier general, 1862-65)

Staunch advocate of introducing slavery to California; barring that, to split the state in half with the southern portion being pro-slavery.


[1] Democrat, then elected to the California Supreme Court as a member of the Know-Nothing Party, then a Democrat again.

Father: Joseph Royal Terry (b. 17-May-1792, d. Nov-1877)
Mother: Sarah David Smith (b. 1793, d. 1837)
Brother: Joseph Terry (b. 15-Oct-1817)
Brother: Benjamin Franklin Terry (b. 18-Feb-1821, d. 17-Dec-1861, Battle of Rowlett's Station)
Brother: Joseph Nathaniel Terry (b. 29-Nov-1824)
Brother: Aurelius Josiah Terry
Brother: Clinton Lucretius Terry (b. 30-Jun-1831, d. 14-Apr-1862)
Wife: Cornelia Runnels (b. 22-May-1829, m. 26-Nov-1852, d. Dec-1884)
Son: Jefferson Davis Terry (d. Nov-1862)
Son: Samuel Langdon Terry (b. 1855, d. 1-Apr-1885)
Son: David S. Terry (b. 1857, d. Dec-1873)
Son: Clinton Terry (b. 1859)
Son: Frank Terry
Wife: Sarah Althea Hill (m. 7-Jan-1886, d. 1936)

    California State Supreme Court (1855-59), Chief Justice (1857-59)
    Battery San Francisco, fined $300
    Assault with a Deadly Weapon stabbed Sterling A. Hopkins in the neck with a Bowie knife, San Francisco (1856), acquitted
    Duel: Pistols with U.S. Senator David C. Broderick, Lake Merced, CA (13-Sep-1859)
    Murder (1859), acquitted
    Shot: Battle Chickamauga (Sep-1863), right arm
    Shot by Police by U.S. Marshal David Neagle, Lathrop, CA (14-Aug-1889)
    Irish Ancestry
    Scottish Ancestry


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