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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Terry attended public schools, along with the Bethel Military Academy in Fauquier County, Virginia and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He graduated from the law department of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1903. Later, he also attended the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. After he was admitted to the bar in 1903, Terry commenced practice in Little Rock.
During the First World War, Terry enlisted on June 5, 1918 and was later commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry. He was discharged on December 20, 1918.
From 1929 to 1933, Terry served as member of the Little Rock School Board. He was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1933. Then Terry was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Heartsill Ragon. Terry was reelected to the Seventy-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, where he served from December 19, 1933 to January 3, 1943. He did not run for reelection in 1942, in order to run for the United States Senate. His run was unsuccessful, and he returned to the practice of law. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1944, and placed third.
Terry served as director of the Division of Flood Control Water and Soil Conservation of the Arkansas Resources and Development Commission from 1945 until 1953.
- United States Congress. "David D. Terry (id: T000133)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henderson M. Jacoway
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 5th congressional district
December 19, 1933 – January 3, 1943