Terry, Alfred Howe, 1827-90, American general, b. Hartford, Conn. A lawyer, he led a regiment of Connecticut volunteers at the first battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. Made a brigadier general of volunteers in 1862, he took part in various operations along the S Atlantic coast in 1862-63. For his capture of Fort Fisher in Jan., 1865, he was promoted to major general of volunteers and made a brigadier general in the regular army. In 1876 he directed the campaign against the Sioux and personally led the column converging on the Native Americans from Dakota. The cavalry under Gen. George Custer, massacred at the Little Bighorn, included part of Terry's force. He was promoted to major general in 1886 and retired in 1888.
Terry, Dame Ellen Alicia, 1848-1928, English actress. Of a prominent theatrical family, she made her debut at nine as Mamillius in Charles Kean's production of The Winter's Tale. She played juvenile roles until her unsuccessful marriage, at 16, to G. F. Watts, the painter. She retired from the stage for six years, during which time she had two children, Edith Craig and Edward Gordon Craig, by E. W. Godwin. In 1878 she joined Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre as his leading lady. With him she toured the United States, later under the management of Charles Frohman. After 1902 she left Irving for an unsuccessful stint as manager of the Imperial Theatre, where her son, Edward, designed the sets. She also lectured on Shakespeare in England and in the United States. An actress of great beauty, she invested her verse speaking with spontaneity in such roles as Portia, Olivia, and especially Beatrice. In 1925 she was made Dame of the British Empire.

See her memoirs, ed. by E. Craig and C. St. John (1908, repr. 1969); her correspondence with G. B. Shaw, ed. by C. St. John (1931, repr. 1949); biographies by E. G. Craig (1932), R. Manvell (1968), C. Fecher (1971), and N. Auerbach (1989); study by M. Holroyd (2009).

Terry, Sir Richard Runciman, 1865-1938, English organist and musicologist. He was organist and choir director (1901-24) of Westminster Cathedral. Terry studied and made collections of early English church music and edited the Westminster Hymnal (1912), the official hymnal for Roman Catholic use in England. He is author of Catholic Church Music (1907) and The Music of the Roman Rite (1931).
Waite, Terry (Terence Waite), 1939-, British church official. An adviser to Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, he successfully negotiated the release of British hostages in Iran (1981) and Libya (1985). His later efforts to free U.S. hostages in Beirut were unsuccessful and were compromised by his association with Lt. Col. Oliver North (see also Iran-contra affair), and he was kidnapped (Jan., 1987) by Shiite Muslims during talks there. Waite was released in Nov., 1991.

Terry is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 664 at the 2000 census. It is located near Interstate 55, about 15 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi and located in Supervisors District Five of Hinds County. The town is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The area to become known as "Terry" was first settled in 1811 by settlers from Virginia. In 1867, the town of Terry was established when the railroad was built through the area. For a number of years, Terry was the home Mississippi governor Albert G. Brown.


Terry is located at (32.101443, -90.294572).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 664 people, 263 households, and 181 families residing in the town. The population density was 287.4 people per square mile (111.0/km²). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 124.7/sq mi (48.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 48.80% White, 50.45% African American, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 263 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,192, and the median income for a family was $35,875. Males had a median income of $25,781 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,011. About 17.0% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Terry is served by the Hinds County School District and is home to Terry High School Pharmistist J. W. Combs was the president of the board of trustees for many years.

The football field at the high school is named after B. C. Lee.


The Terry Headlight (named for the Head family, who for generations operated a pharmacy downtown) was the town's newspaper for many years. It has ceased to be published, but the Hinds County Gazette has a column each week about what goes on in Terry.

Notable natives

Terry is the birthplace of influential blues musician Tommy Johnson, who had claimed to have sold his soul to the devil at a secluded Mississippi crossroads in exchange for fame and fortune, a legend that was later popularized by its attribution to bluesman Robert Johnson.

Other persons of note who have lived in Terry include writer Rick Bass, former chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party Rickey Cole, and Bobby DeLaughter, prosecutor in the Byron De La Beckwith murder trial.


There are several church buildings of note in Terry. The First Baptist Church (formerly Terry Baptist Church) is the largest of the houses of worship. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard is located near where the town's water tower once stood. This building was a hospital during the Civil War. A grave lies behind the church. It supposedly belongs to a Gypsy girl who fell out of her wagon when the Gypsies were not allowed to drive through the middle of town.

Two former churches which have closed but served the town for many years are the Terry United Methodist Church and the Terry Sanctified Church.

A smaller church, located in the middle of a neighborhood, is known as Little Bethel C.M.E. Church. The pastor is Pastor Eugene McLamore and the superintendent is Nathan Slater.

Elected Officials

Roderick "Rod" Nicholson is the current mayor. The Board of Aldermen includes Virginia Smith Bailey, Joseph Kendrick, Elzena Kitchens Johnson, Greg Moore, and Doris Young. These town officers are elected every four years in non-partisan elections, that is they are independent of any party labels.

Three Hinds County officials are from the Terry area: George S. Smith (supervisor for District Five), Clyde Chapman (Justice Court Judge for District Five), and Bennie Buckner (Constable for District Five).

The state senator representing the district that includes Terry is Richard White. Terry is represented by both Jim Ellington and Greggory Holloway in the state House of Representatives.


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