David Terry Tests the Wrong Man

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David Terry

Former California Supreme Court Justice David Terry had a temper—as he showed in the 1859 killing of U.S. Senator David Broderick in a duel just outside San Francisco. Terry accused Broderick of engineering his defeat in statewide elections that year.

In 1889, Terry confronted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field at a railroad station near Stockton; the cause was a legal dispute.  Field was a close friend of Broderick’s. Field’s bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Dave Neagle, stepped in and shot and killed Terry.  Neagle—a former deputy to Johnny Behan in Tombstone—was later acquitted in the killing.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.