Francis A. Cunningham

Alanson Francis Cunningham ( born November 9, 1804 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina; † August 16, 1864 in Eaton, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. March 4, 1845 to March 3, 1847 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 2nd Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Francis Cunningham was born in Abbeville. At the age of 22, he moved to Eaton. There, he taught in a school. Connecting He studied medicine and opened a medical practice in 1829. In 1833 he was clerk of the Preble County.

In 1844 he was elected as representative of the second district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. He succeeded John B. Weller. He sat only one term in House and was replaced in 1847 by David Fisher. He then studied law. In 1847 he was admitted to the bar and was henceforth also worked as a lawyer. From 1847 to 1863 he worked as a paymaster in the U.S. Army.

Cunningham died in 1864 in his adopted hometown of Eaton and was buried on the Mount Hill Cemetery.