John H. Terry

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John Hart Terry
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byJames M. Hanley
Succeeded byFrank Horton
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 121st district
In office
January 1, 1967 – December 31, 1970
Preceded byVerner M. Ingram
Succeeded byThomas J. Murphy
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 134th district
In office
January 1, 1966 – December 31, 1966
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byCharles F. Stockmeister
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Onondaga County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1963 – December 31, 1965
Preceded byGeorge P. Savage
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Personal details
Born(1924-11-14)November 14, 1924
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 20, 2001(2001-10-20) (aged 76)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Catherine Jean Terry
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Syracuse University College of Law

John Hart Terry (November 14, 1924 – October 20, 2001) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Terry was born on November 14, 1924, in Syracuse, New York and graduated from Most Holy Rosary in 1941. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1945, and LL.B. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1948. He served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service during World War II. He married Catherine Jean; and they had three daughters: Lynn, Susan and M. Carole. He also adopted his wife's daughter C. Jean Phelan Terry whose father was killed in World War II.

He was a member of the Board of Supervisors of Onondaga County from 1948 to 1958. He was Assistant Secretary to the Governor of New York from 1959 to 1961. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1963 to 1970, sitting in the 174th, 175th, 176th, 177th and 178th New York State Legislatures. He was elected as a Republican to the 92nd United States Congress, holding office from January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1973.

After leaving Congress Terry was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. After leaving Niagara Mohawk in 1987 he returned to practicing law in Syracuse. In retirement he resided in Syracuse and Vero Beach, Florida. He died on October 20, 2001; and was buried at Saint Mary's Cemetery in DeWitt, New York.


  • United States Congress. "John H. Terry (id: T000134)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John H. Terry at Find a Grave
  • Syracuse Post-Standard, Obituary, John H. Terry, October 22, 2001
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
George P. Savage
New York State Assembly,
Onondaga County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
134th District

Succeeded by
Charles F. Stockmeister
Preceded by
Verner M. Ingram
New York State Assembly
121st District

Succeeded by
Thomas J. Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. Hanley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank Horton