Richard Cheatham

Richard Cheatham ( born February 20, 1799 in Springfield, Tennessee; † February 9, 1845 in Robertson County, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1839 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school, Richard Cheatham was engaged in trade. Later he was also involved in agriculture and especially in the field of animal husbandry. He also operated a cotton mill. At the same time he began a political career. In 1833 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In 1834, Cheatham was a member of a meeting to revise the constitution of his home state. In the militia of Tennessee, he rose to become a general.

Cheatham was a member of the Whig Party, founded in 1835. Between 1830 and 1834 he ran three times unsuccessfully for Congress. For the 1836 elections, he was then in the eleventh electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Cave Johnson on March 4, 1837. Since he has not been confirmed in 1838, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1839. In 1840 he applied unsuccessfully again to return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the years after his retirement from Congress Richard Cheatham took his previous activities on again. He died on September 9, 1845 during a visit to the small town of White 's Creek Springs in Robertson County.