Wild End to a Wild Life

On September 8, 1859, David Smith Terry resigned as chief justice of the California supreme court and at dawn the next day killed a U.S. Senator in a duel.

His political career ruined, Terry returned to Texas, fought in the Civil War and after a short exile in Mexico went back to California.  Then in a railroad station confrontation on August 14, 1889, he was shot to death by the bodyguard of a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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