Benjamin Stites Terry
|Birthplace:||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Death:||(Date and location unknown)|
Son of John Carlos Terry (1824) and Emily Brown Terry (Wakefield)
|Managed by:||Thomas A. Martin|
Historical records matching Professor Benjamin Stites Terry (1857)
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About Professor Benjamin Stites Terry (1857)
Excerpt from the Terry Family Historian - September, 1983. (http://www.terry-family-historian.com/TFHSEP1983.htm)
An American educator and minister of prominence was one Benjamin Stites
TERRY, born April 9, 1857 (1852?) in St. Paul, Minn. and died Oct. 30, 1931 at Chicago,
Benjamin Stites TERRY was valedictorian of his graduating class at Colgate
University in 1878, and received his master's degree there in 1881. He com-
pleted his theological training during the time he worked on his master's
After ordination as a Baptist minister, Benjamin Stites TERRY was pastor
of Baptist churches at Perry and Fairport, New York, but resigned to become
professor of history at Colgate, his alma mater, in 1885.
In 1891 he went to Germany and received his Ph.D. the following year at
the University of Freiburg. There he became a friend and colleague of Hermann
von Holst, a professor at Freiburg who came to head the history department at
the University of Chicago in 1892. Benjamin Stites TERRY came with him as
professor of English Constitutional and Medieval History, a field in which he
was regarded as an expert.
At the University of Chicago, TERRY found time to write histories of
England and review papers for the American Historical Association, of which he
was a member. Colgate University awarded him and honorary LL.D. degree in 1903,
for his earlier recognition as a fellow in the Royal Historical Society of
Benjamin Stites TERRY retired from the University of Chicago faculty in
1925. At the time of his death, he left his widow, the former Mary Cynthia
Baldwin, daughter of a Baptist minister, and three children, Schuyler Baldwin
TERRY, Mrs. Edith TERRY Bremer, and Mrs. Ethel TERRY McCoy.
The educator was the son of John Carlos TERRY, born in 1824 at Lebonon,
Ohio, and died Feb. 15, 1902, at St. Paul, Minn. He learned the printing trade
in early life, worked on newspapers in Ohio until service in the War with
Mexico, and went to St. Paul in 1849. There, he founded one of the city's
newspapers and in 1851 published the revised statutes of Minnesota, which bear
his name. After leaving journalistic pursuits, he served 18 years as assistant
postmaster of St. Paul. He and his wife, the former Emily (Wakefield) Chase
TERRY, were the parents of Benjamin Stites TERRY and another son, Frank W.
Grandfather of Benjamin Stites TERRY and father of John Carlos TERRY, was
Robert TERRY, a native of Warren County, Ohio who on March 17, 1822 married
Elizabeth Stites, daughter of the man for whom the grandson was named.
Benjamin Stites, of New Jersey and later of western Pennsylvania, was an
Indian trader who in 1786 persuaded John Cleves Symmes, member of Congress from
New Jersey, to purchase land he had viewed between the Great Miami and Little
Miami Rivers. The tract includes present-day Cincinnati and the settlement
Benjamin Stites called "Columbia," part of the 10,000 acres he purchased from
John Carlos TERRY had two brothers. One was Elijah, killed by Indians
while serving as a missionary to the Dakota tribes; the other was another
Benjamin Stites TERRY, killed by Indians when serving with the Sixth Minnesota
Regiment in 1863 against the Sioux uprising.
The father of Robert TERRY was John TERRY (1773-1857). His wife was Osee
Clark, daughter of the Rev. Daniel Clark, a Baptist minister in early Cincinna-
ti and Warren County, Ohio.