Henry P. Cheatham

Henry Plummer Cheatham (* December 27, 1857 in Henderson, North Carolina, † November 29, 1935 in Oxford, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1893 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry Cheatham attended the common schools and then studied until 1883 at the Shaw University in Raleigh. In 1883 and 1884 he headed the State Normal School for African-American students in Plymouth. Cheatham studied law, but has not worked as a lawyer. After a move to his native city of Henderson, he served 1884-1888 as a notary ( Register of Deeds ) in Vance County. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1892 and 1900 he participated as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions relevant.

In the congressional elections of 1888 Cheatham was in the second constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Furnifold McLendel Simmons on March 4, 1889. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1893 two legislative sessions. There he was a member of the Education Committee, the Committee for the control of expenditure on state building and the Agriculture Committee. In 1892, he was not confirmed.

Between 1897 and 1901, Cheatham worked as a notary. In 1907 he moved to Oxford. There he took over the management of the state orphanage for African American children, on whose foundation he was involved in 1887. A post he held until his death in 1935. Cheatham was also president of the Association of African Americans in North Carolina. He also worked in agriculture and as a guest speaker.