Samuel A. Cunningham

      Samuel A. Cunningham was born in Jonesboro, Tenn., March 6, 1835, and is a son of the late Dr. Samuel B. Cunningham of Jonesboro, Tenn. In 1860 he married Alice, daughter of the late Judge Thomas R. Nelson of the supreme bench of Tennessee. The result of this union was the birth of four children. Our subject was president of the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad for some time, and in 1868 engaged in the agricultural implement business in Carter County, Tenn. Mr. Cunningham is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1873 he entered the employ of C. Aultman & Co. This company is one of the largest and wealthiest implement manufactories in the United States. The home factory is at Canton, Ohio, and they also have a branch house at Chattanooga. They manufacture engines, separators, saw mills, mowers, reapers, selfbinders, etc. The company have had an agency in Chattanooga since 1856. The branch house was established in 1876 under the management of R. A. Kirk, but in 1880 Mr. Kirk was succeeded by Mr. Cunningham, who has since been the efficient manager. This branch house supplies the entire Southern States east of the Mississippi River and south of North Carolina. The warehouse and office are located at 914 and 916 Market Street. They carry, besides their own manufacturing, a full line of agricultural implements, also wagons, buggies, corn-mills, etc., and employ six men in the house, also have six men on the road. They have an agency in every important county seat in this territory and are doing an extensive business.
Goodspeed's "History of East Tennessee" 1887