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Cheney, Brainard, 1900-1990



  • Existence: 1900 - 1990


Brainard Bartwell Cheney was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, June 3, 1900, and raised in a south Georgia sawmill town. Educated at The Citadel, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University, he worked as a bank clerk, timber dealer, and school principal before entering the field of journalism. From 1925 to 1942 he was police reporter and a member of the editorial staff of the Nashville Banner. During World War II he was executive secretary to Tom Stewart, United States Senator from Tennessee. After seven years as a self-employed writer and editor, he worked from 1952 to 1958 as a member of the public relations staff of Governor Frank Clement of Tennessee.

Cheney wrote four novels: Lightwood (1939), River Rogue (1942), This is Adam (1958), and Devil's Elbow (1969) as well as two plays: "Strangers in this World" (1951) and "I Choose to Die" (1960). His short stories and articles have been published in Coronet, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, and other periodicals.

Cheney died in 1990.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Brainard Cheney Play

 Collection — Box E (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-0252
Scope and Contents

The Brainard Cheney Play is a photocopy of Cheney's play "Strangers in This World," an unpublished musical play about snake handling at a fictionalized version of the Dolley Pond Church.

Dates: 1951