Terry is a professor of U.S. history at Kean University in New Jersey, and curator of the university’s John T. Kean Center for American History.
In addition to teaching, he is a prolific writer, having authored more than a dozen books on American and Irish history, including works on President Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Cardinal O’Connor and histories of the New York Fire Department from 1700 to the present and various Irish heroes, including rebel John Devoy.
In 2010 he discovered a historic early census count predating the creation of the United States. His book on John F. Kennedy, “JFK: Day by Day,” was made into an iPad app.
He is a former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, a former city editor of the New York Observer and a former reporter and editor at the Staten Island Advance. He is also a contributor to the American Heritage magazine and the Boston Globe.
He recently was the first speaker in Farrell’s “Legacy Lecture Series” which invites noted alums back to their alma mater to speak with present-day students as well as the community in general. He lectured Farrell’s American History students on the Revolutionary War and later on his writing career to students in the Creative Writing couse. It was followed by an evening lecture on the history of the FDNY in Farrell’s lobby which was open to the public.
Terry, his wife Eileen, and their two children live in New Jersey.