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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

Biography: 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

Historical Events

  • 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 Mandan (on the Missouri River near what is now Washburn, North Dakota), 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 William Clark's rank from Lieutenant to Captain, and gave the titles of Honorary Sergeant to Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who served as guide, and York, a person enslaved by William Clark, who assisted the expedition party

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