Richard Cheatham

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For his son and also a congressman from Tennessee, see Richard Boone Cheatham.
Richard Cheatham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded by Cave Johnson
Succeeded by Cave Johnson
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born February 20, 1799
Springfield, Tennessee
Died September 9, 1845 (aged 46)
White's Creek Springs, Tennessee
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Susan Saunders Cheatham
Children Edward Saunders Cheatham; William Archer Cheatham; Boyd M. Cheatham; Richard Boone Cheatham

merchant stockman

gin operator

Religion Presbyterian

Richard Cheatham (February 20, 1799 – September 9, 1845) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's United States House of Representatives, Tennessee eleventh district in the United States House of Representatives.


Cheatham was born in Springfield, Tennessee, on February 20, 1799. He pursued preparatory studies and engaged in mercantile pursuits, stock raising, and the operation of a cotton gin. He married Susan Saunders.


A member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1825 to 1833, Cheatham was also a member of the State constitutional convention which met at Nashville from May 19 to August 30, 1834. He was Presidential Elector for Tennessee in 1836. He served as general in the State militia.[1]

Cheatham was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1839.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses. He resumed his former business pursuits.


While visiting at White's Creek Springs near Springfield, Tennessee, Cheatham died on September 9, 1845 (age 46 years, 201 days). He was interred at Old City Cemetery. His widow and his son, Edward, continued his businesses.[3] His remains were reinterred at Elmwood Cemetery in 1952.[4] Cheatham County was named after his son, Edward.


  1. ^ "Richard Cheatham". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Richard Cheatham". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Richard Cheatham". Cheatham County, Tennessee. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Richard Cheatham". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cave Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Cave Johnson