Cumberland University


Cheathem to Lecture at Humanities & Social Sciences Symposium

Dr. Mark R. Cheathem, a member of the Cumberland University Class of 1995 and assistant professor of history at Southern New Hampshire University, will lecture on the life of Andrew Jackson Donelson at Cumberland’s Labry Hall on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. as part of the University’s Humanities & Social Sciences Symposium.
Cheathem is the author of the recently published “Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson.” The first definitive biography of Andrew Jackson’s nephew examines the life of a prominent politician, newspaper editor and vice-presidential candidate during the Jacksonian period.
Jonathon M. Atkins, author of “Parties, Politics, and the Sectional Conflict in Tennessee, 1832-1861,” referred to Cheathem’s latest work as “essential reading for Jacksonian scholars” and “anyone interested in the concept of manhood in the antebellum South.”
“Cheathem’s excellent biography of Andrew Jackson Donelson is not a celebration of its subject. Instead it is a carefully researched and well-written account of the sad life of Andrew Jackson’s nephew,” Atkins said.
Copies of “Old Hickory’s Nephew” will be available for sale and for signing at the Cumberland University Humanities & Social Sciences Symposium.
For more information, please contact Dr. Cheathem at or Cumberland University Assistant Professor of History and Geography Monty Pope at