He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1945, and Bachelor of Laws from Syracuse University College of Law in 1948.
He served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service during World World War World War II He was amember of the Board of Supervisors of Onondaga County from 1948 to 1958. He was Assistant Secretary to the Governor of New York from 1959 to 1961. He was elected as a Republican to the 92nd United States Congress, holding office from January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1973.
After leaving Congress Terry was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.
After leaving Niagara Mohawk in 1987 he returned to practicing law in Syracuse. In retirement he resided in Syracuse and Vero Beach, Florida.
He died on October 20, 2001. And was buried at Saint Mary"s Cemetery in DeWitt, New New York
He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1963 to 1970, sitting in the 174th, 175th, 176th, 177th and 178th New York State Legislatures.