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Author: Thomas Terrell (1852–1928)
Biography: Thomas Terrell was born in 1852 the son of judge Thomas Hull Terrell. His four brothers also served in the legal profession. Terrell was educated at the School of Mines and intended to become an engineer, but instead he moved to London where he edited a pottery magazine and wrote articles for newspapers. In 1879, he was called to the bar by Gray's Inn and the Middle Temple. Terrell began in the divorce courts, serving as junior counsel in the Colin Campbell case of 1886. He was a friend and colleague with fellow attorney and novelist F. C. Philips: from him, Terrell may have gotten the idea to write novels and he wrote three: the successful Lady Delmar (1891) (co-authored with a Miss T. L. White), The City of the Just (1892) about financial fraud, and the romance A Woman of Heart (1893). In 1895 Terrell moved into patent law (aided, no doubt, by his scientific education), became a Queen's Counsel, and wrote a book on patents. Interested in politics, he unsuccessfully contested seats in Parliament in 1885, 1892, 1895, and 1900 as a Gladstonian Liberal. He was married and had five sons and three daughters. He retired shortly before he died in 1928.
References: Times (30 April 1928)