Biography of Elias Terry
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Terry, Elias, was born in Fairhaven, January 24, 1830, a son of Benjamin and Alice (Weaver) Terry. The family removed to New Bedford when he was an infant and he has spent his entire life in that city with the exception of two years in California. His father, also a native of Fairhaven, followed the sea in his early life, but later engaged in farming in Dartmouth. Mr. Terry attended the public and high schools of New Bedford and gained an excellent academic education, which he improved during the years following his graduation from the High School as a teacher in the country schools of this vicinity. Soon after the discovery of gold in California he caught the fever and being of an adventurous spirit soon found his way to California, but was unsuccessful and after two years returned to New Bedford. Not long after his return he became a foreman of street department laborers and remained in that capacity about two years, when he was appointed assistant city marshal of New Bedford. He served as such one year and upon the election to the office of Mayor Willard Nye. he was appointed city marshal, serving five years. During the next three years he was superintendent of streets of New Bedford and following this accepted a position as forethan in the yard of the Western Lumber Company. Later he took a similar position in the yard of Tillinghast & Terry, which he held for seventeen years. Mr. Terry established his present lumber business on Bowditch street in November, 1892, and since the beginning has been associated with his son, K Clifton Terry. In politics Mr. Terry has ever been a staunch Republican and has frequently served as a delegate to party conventions. He married, in 1857, Susan Almy, daughter of Borden Howland of Dartmouth, and they had six children, four of whom survive: Charles A. V., Susan E., Alice B., and K. Clifton, who was born in New Bedford and educated in the public and high schools of that city. For a period of fourteen years he was employed by the lumber firm of Tillinghast & Terry, and thus gained a wide knowledge of the lumber trade. He assisted in the establishment of the present business and is still connected with it, the firm name being E. & K. C. Terry.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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