Richard Cheatham Edit Profile
He pursued preparatory studies and engaged in mercantile pursuits, stock raising, and the operation of a cotton gin. He was Presidential Elector for Tennessee in 1836. He served as general in the State militia.
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. 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 remains were reinterred at Elmwood Cemetery in 1952.
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.