Daly City in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Broderick Terry Duel
Erected 1949 by California Centennial Commission, County Board of Supervisors, and San Mateo County Historical Association. (Marker Number 19.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 13, 1812.
Location. 37° 42.49′ N, 122° 29.05′ W. Marker is in Daly City, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Lake Merced Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Lake Merced Boulevard, Daly City CA 94015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ground Beneath Your Feet (approx. one mile away); In Honor of Dr. Vic Rowen and Joe Verducci (approx. 1.1 miles away); Granville House (approx. 1.1 miles away); If it's Summer, Bring a Sweater (approx. 1.2 miles away); Where Daly City Started (approx. 1.2 miles away); Welcome to Ocean Beach (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mount Olivet Cemetery Office and Streetcar Line (approx. 2.3 miles away); Colma Historical Museum (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daly City.
More about this marker. Marker is located at the entrance to the trail to the duel site. The duel site is a short walk from the marker.
Regarding Broderick Terry Duel. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 19 on June 1, 1932.
Also see . . .
1. The Broderick Terry Duel. Dueling was still considered a proper way to settle feuds in San Francisco in the 1850s. In 1936, San Francisco Municipal Court Judge Charles R. Boden spoke before a meeting of the California Historical Society about the Broderick-Terry duel, and his comments were published in societys quarterly for December of that year. (Submitted on April 26, 2009.)
2. The Broderick - Terry Dual. (Submitted on March 29, 2010.)
1. From the Guide to Old Sacramento by Robert Miller, Published
In Old Sacramento on “L” Street there was the Magnolia Saloon. The saloon served as headquarters for Senators David Broderick and William Gwin. They were both Democrats and started out as allies but ended up as mortal enemies. As the Civil War approached their differences became more apparent. Broderick was a strong Unionist and Gwin was a Southern sympathizer. Gwin's friend and a hot-tempered protege, Chief Justice David S. Terry was so incensed by Broderick's pro-Union attitudes that he resigned his position, goaded Broderick into a duel, shooting and killing him. For a short time it appeared that California, under the thumb of pro-slavery leadership, would join the South, but Gwin was arrested on a boat heading for Washington, while attempting to recruit Union officers for the Confederacy. The pro-Southern firebrands eventually disbanded or, like Terry, fled to the South, leaving the state secure for the Union.
— Submitted May 3, 2009.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 4,769 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on May 4, 2018, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 8, 9. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.