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Richard CHEATHAM

(1799-1845)

CHEATHAM, Richard, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Springfield, Robertson County, Tenn., February 20, 1799; pursued preparatory studies; engaged in mercantile pursuits, stock raising, and operation of a cotton gin; member of the State house of representatives in 1833; member of the State constitutional convention which met at Nashville from May 19 To August 30, 1834; served as general in the State militia; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses; resumed his former pursuits; died while visiting at White’s Creek Springs, near Springfield, Tenn., September 9, 1845; interment in Old City Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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