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From: Bill Roddy <>
Subject: Justice Field
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 18:54:26 -0800
A sidebar to Stephen Field.
In the 1880s attorney David S. Terry represented Sarah Althea Hill in a
notorious law suit against Senator William Sharon of Nevada. Sarah
claimed Sharon had married her with a secret contract. She lost the case
and married the much older Terry.
On a final appeal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Field ruled against her
and she and Terry vowed vengeance.
By chance the trio were on the same train en route to San Francisco in
August of 1889.
During a breakfast stop at a station restaurant in Lathrop, Terry walked
up to Field's table and slapped him.
The Justice's bodyguard shot Terry dead.
Sarah became deranged and spent the last forty-five years of her life at
the Stockton State Hospital for the Insane and died there in 1936.