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Terry, David Smithlocked

(08 March 1823–14 August 1889)
  • Robert J. Chandler

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Terry, David Smith (08 March 1823–14 August 1889), jurist, was born in Todd County, Kentucky, the son of Joseph R. Terry and Sarah Smith, planters. Terry’s father abandoned his family in Mississippi, and in 1833 or 1834 Terry’s mother went to Texas. Orphaned at the age of thirteen, Terry dropped out of school, but as he claimed later, he “played a man’s part in the struggle which secured the independence of Texas.” What form this service took is unclear, but the Texas revolution impressed the young teenager. He studied law in an uncle’s office and in 1845 passed the bar examination. During the Mexican War, Terry served with the Texas Rangers and participated in the battle of Monterrey....

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