Professor Benjamin Stites Terry (1857)

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Benjamin Stites Terry

Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Carlos Terry (1824) and Emily Brown Terry (Wakefield)
Husband of <private> Terry (Baldwin)
Father of Schuyler Baldwin Terry; Edith Emily Terry and Ethel Marie Terry
Brother of John C. Terry (1851); Frances "Frank" Wakefield Terry and William H. Devol Terry
Half brother of Octavius E. Terry (Chase)

Occupation: Pastor
Managed by: Thomas A. Martin
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About Professor Benjamin Stites Terry (1857)

Excerpt from the Terry Family Historian - September, 1983. (

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

Great Britain.

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

Judge Symmes.

    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.

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Professor Benjamin Stites Terry (1857)'s Timeline

April 9, 1857
Minnesota, United States
- 1879
Age 20
Hamilton, New York, United States
- 1881
Age 22
Hamilton, New York, United States
- 1883
Age 23
Perry, New York, United States
July 1, 1883
Age 26
Fairport, NY, USA