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Sir Joseph Terry
|Alderman Sir Joseph Terry by George Fall|
|Lord Mayor of York|
6 November 1874 – 23 March 1890
|Preceded by||John Close|
|Succeeded by||John Close|
7 January 1828
|Died||12 January 1898
The Royal York Hotel, York, England
Terry's of York
In 1864 he expanded the business by building a steam-powered factory in York, by the River Ouse; in the same way that his father had used the railway to further the business, Joseph saw the benefits of having easy access to the Humber Estuary and the North Sea. Sugar, cocoa and other ingredients, as well as coal for the steam-powered machinery, were brought in twice a week on steam boats. His brothers, Robert and John died in 1871 and 1874, and although both had children, none of their descendents decided to enter into the company. Two years later there were 400 separate items in the firm’s price list, mostly chocolate products. Although many of the company’s products were chocolate based, Terry’s only became established as a chocolate maker in 1886 when Joseph built a new factory specifically for their chocolate products. The company also applied for its first trademark in 1876, ‘Joseph Terry’s and Sons’. The business was incorporated as Joseph Terry & Sons Ltd. in 1895, by which time it had over 300 employees.
In 1864, Terry married Frances, the daughter of Dr Joseph Goddard. They had three sons before she died in 1866. In 1871 he married Margaret, the daughter of William Thorpe of Aldborough House, Malton, Yorkshire, with whom he had a son and three daughters. His eldest son, Thomas, became a partner in the business in 1880.
Politics & Final Years
Terry served as Sheriff of York in 1870, and was Lord Mayor of the city on four occasions. He was knighted in 1887 as part of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Honours. He died of heart failure at the Royal Station Hotel (now The Royal York Hotel) on 12 January 1898, and was buried at York Cemetery on 15 January 1898.