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 these topic lists: Landmarks • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 37° 42.49′ N, 122° 29.05′ W. Marker is in Daly City, California, in San Mateo County. 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 The Ground Beneath Your Feet (approx. one mile 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); Railroad Semaphore Signal (approx. 2.4 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 society’s 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 by River City
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.
2. Native Sons of the Golden West Affiliation with Site
Although the marker itself was not placed by the NSGW, it has been documented that in 1917 they placed the granite shafts at the spots where the two men stood and therefore qualifies being included in the Native Sons/Daughters Marker Series.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 4,377 times since then and 84 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 El Dorado Hills, California. 8, 9. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.