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William Leake TERRY

(1850-1917)

TERRY, William Leake, (father of David Dickson Terry), a Representative from Arkansas; born near Wadesboro, Anson County, N.C., September 27, 1850; moved with his parents to Tippah County, Miss., in 1857 and to Pulaski County, Ark., in 1861; attended Bingham’s Military Academy, North Carolina, and was graduated from Trinity College, North Carolina, in June 1872; studied law; was admitted to the bar in November 1873 and practiced; member of the city council 1877-1879; member of the State senate in 1878 and 1879, serving as president of the senate in the session of 1879; city attorney of Little Rock, Ark., 1879-1885; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed the practice of law in Little Rock, Ark., and died there November 4, 1917; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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