Papers belonging to California lawyer and judge David Smith Terry.
David Smith Terry was a lawyer, politician, and California Supreme Court justice. Terry was born in Kentucky but later moved
to Texas and joined the Texas Rangers during the Mexican War. After settling in California, he was elected a judge of the
Supreme Court in 1855. A 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 American Civil War and returned to California
afterwards to resume his law practice. He was shot and killed by Deputy US Marshal David Neagle in 1889 after an altercation
with Justice Stephen J. Field.
6 Linear Feet
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material,
nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and
obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more