Charles E. Cunningham

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Charles E. Cunningham was a lumberman and sawmill operator in the city of Little Rock.

Cunningham began business in the 1840s and 1850s driving pack trains in California and Mexico and engaging in mining. In 1854 he moved to Johnson County, Missouri, where his eyesight deteriorated. He moved to St. Louis in 1862 for successful ocular care, then moved to Little Rock in 1865.

Cunningham served on the board of the Little Rock School District from 1873 to 1877. In 1888 he was nominated for vice president of the United States on the Union Labor party ticket.

Cunningham was born in Frederick County, Maryland, on July 1, 1823. His father was former British captain James Cunningham, and his mother Catherine Campbell of Maryland. He married Elizabeth A. Jones in 1849 and had eight children: Kate C., Nannie R., Mollie, James W., Bessie, George E., Nettie, and Charles F.


  • Goodspeed's History of Pulaski County, Arkansas (1889).

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