Fry was the son of Francis Fry, of Bristol, and his wife Matilda Penrose, daughter of Daniel Penrose. He was educated at Bristol. He was active in business in the North East being director of the Bearpark Coal and Coke Co, director of Shildon and Weardale Waterworks and head of Fry Janson and Co iron manufacturers of Darlington. He was mayor of Darlington 1877 - 1878.
At the 1880 general election Fry was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington, and held the seat until the 1895 general election. He was made a baronet, of Woodburn in the parish of Blackwell in the County of Durham, in 1894.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
- Portrait of Theodore Fry with mayoral chain of office.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The London Gazette: . 6 February 1894.
- Times Obituary 6 February 1912.
- ODNB article by Linda Walker, ‘Fry , Sophia, Lady Fry (1837–1897)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 13 Sept 2007
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Theodore Fry, Bt
- Photograph of Sir Theodore Fry, Bt
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