Edward Saunders Cheatham

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Edward Saunders Cheatham
Born July 31, 1818
Springfield, Tennessee, U.S.
Died December 21, 1878 (1878-12-22) (aged 60)
Horn Lake, Mississippi, U.S.
Resting place Mount Olivet Cemetery
Residence Mansfield Cheatham House
Occupation Politician, businessman
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Parent(s) Richard Cheatham
Susan Saunders
Relatives Richard Boone Cheatham (brother)
Boyd M. Cheatham (brother)
Adelicia Acklen (sister-in-law)

Edward Saunders Cheatham (July 31, 1818 – December 21, 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. 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]


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

The Mansfield Cheatham House in Springfield, Tennessee.

Personal life[edit]

Cheatham had a daughter, Susan Foster Saunders (Cheatham) Jones (1846–1928) and a son, Richard Cheatham (1864-1932).[1] They resided at his family residence, the Mansfield Cheatham House in Springfield, Tennessee.[4]

Death and legacy[edit]

Cheatham 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]