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Terry, John Wharton (1860–1936)


John Wharton Terry, lawyer and businessman, son of Clinton and Ariadne R. (Gautier) Terry, was born at Brazoria, Texas, on April 8, 1860, and attended the public schools at Brazoria and Columbia. His father was killed in the battle of Shiloh, and young Terry joined an uncle in Stockton, California, where he studied law and was admitted to the California bar in 1881. He subsequently moved to Galveston, Texas, and joined the firm of Ballinger, Martin, and Terry, which served as representative for the Santa Fe Railroad. Terry became a solicitor for the railroad in 1881 and later prosecuted the Shreveport railroad rate case with Judge Hiram M. Garwood. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Historical Society, the American Society of International Law, and the United States Society of Economics and was a director of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, the Hutchings Sealy National Bank, and the Union Station Company of Galveston. Terry died at Galveston on August 25, 1936; he was survived by his wife, the former Anna B. Davis, whom he had married on July 28, 1888, and one daughter.

Emory A. Bailey, Who's Who in Texas (Dallas: John B. McCraw Press, 1931). S. C. Griffin, History of Galveston, Texas (Galveston: Cawston, 1931). Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

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