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Meriwether Lewis

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis

Profession: Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition

United States of America

Why Famous: Known for his role as the leader of specially-established unit of the US Army called "Corps of Discovery" with William Clark.

The unit undertook the famous Lewis & Clark expedition to the Pacific coast of America.

Born: August 18, 1774
Birthplace: Ivy, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Leo

Died: October 11, 1809 (aged 35)
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds under mysterious circumstances that could have been murder or suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

Events in the Life of Meriwether Lewis

  • 1804-05-14 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
  • 1805-04-07 Lewis and Clark Expedition leaves Fort Maden beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean
  • 1805-05-26 Lewis and Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains
  • 1805-11-07 Lewis and Clark Expedition first sights the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River
  • 1805-11-19 Lewis and Clark expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west
  • 1806-01-08 Lewis and Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
  • 1806-09-23 Lewis and Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest
  • 1904-04-13 US Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin
  • 1905-06-01 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon
  • 2001-01-17 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain

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