|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1869|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 1901|
Paul Davis Cunningham was the only son of Sumner A. Cunningham (who later founded and edited the CONFEDERATE VETERAN magazine) and Laura N. (Davis) Cunningham. After the death of his mother, in October 1879, Paul D. Cunningham lived with his maternal grandparents in Forsyth, until 1886, when he entered Emory University. After one year of college, he started working as an assistant resident engineer in the construction of the Atlanta & Florida Railway. It was there that he decided to become a civil engineer. For the next four years, he worked in his chosen profession, for the construction of several railways in the Southeast. Then, from 1891 until his death in 1901, he worked as a civilian for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. His duties brought him to the lower Tennessee River, the boundary of the United States and Mexico, Washington, D.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Then, in 1898, during the War with Spain, he worked in Puerto Rico. Returning to Washington, D.C., he was next sent to Havana, Cuba, then back to Washington, and finally to the Rio Grande river, where he was "Consulting Engineer of the International Boundary Commission, and the Chief Engineer in charge of an expedition on the Rio Grande river from San Marcial, New Mexico, to the mouth." He and his party had progressed favorably, but on July 13, 1901, when they had proceeded from Eagle Pass, down the river, Paul Cunningham's boat hit a rock and the boat capsized over the rapids, near the Texas side. Paul Cunningham had attempted to save his papers and instruments, but was unable to do so. One minute he was seen holding the side of his boat, and the next, the boat went "down the river and his hat floating by itself." Eventually, his body was recovered, and on July 18, 1901, it arrived in Nashville, Tennessee (where his father lived). The next day a large funeral was held at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Nashville, with six ministers participating. Then, his remains were brought "to Willow Mount, the sleeping city on the hill overlooking the beautiful town of Shelbyville."
Source: CONFEDERATE VETERAN, Vol. 9, No. 7 (July 1901), pp. 294-302.
Sumner Archibald Cunningham (1843 - 1913)
Willow Mount Cemetery
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: May 27, 2010
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