Edward Saunders Cheatham

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Edward Saunders Cheatham (1818–1878) was an American politician and businessman.


Early life[edit]

Edward Saunders Cheatham was born on July 31, 1818 in Springfield, Tennessee.[1] His father, Richard Cheatham (1799-1845), served as United States Representative from Tennessee from 1837 to 1839.[1] His mother was Susan Saunders Cheatham. His brother, Dr. William Archer Cheatham (1820–1900), became the third husband of Adelicia Acklen (1817–1887), who owned the Belmont Mansion in Nashville.[1] His other brother, Richard Boone Cheatham (1824–1877), went on to serve as the Mayor of Nashville from 1860 to 1862. His third brother, Boyd M. Cheatham, went on to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives.[2]


He served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1853 to 1855.[1] He then served as a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1855 to 1857, and again from 1861 to 1863.[1] He also served as Speaker of the Tennessee Senate.[3]

Later, he served as President of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He had a daughter, Susan Foster Saunders (Cheatham) Jones (1846–1928) and a son, Richard Cheatham (1864-1932).[1] He died on December 21, 1878 in Horn Lake, Mississippi.[1] He was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.[1] Cheatham County, Tennessee was named in his honor.[1][3]