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Biography of Captains Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

This is the American Epic that takes us traveling back in time to Virginia where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were born. Both had leadership qualities as they earned their ranks as Captains in the US Infantry. Lewis, as Captain in the First Infantry and Clark in the Fourth.
 
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Biography Continued ...

Co-Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis
August 18, 1774- October 11,1809
( 29 years of age when the Corps of Discovery began their journey in 1804)

William Clark
August 1, 1770 - September 1, 1838
( 33 years of age when the Corps of Discovery began their journey in 1804) William Clark

 

 

Their encounter, during a brief period with a rifle company, would bond them into a friendship. It was because of this friendship, Lewis called upon Clark to be his co-commander from 1804 -1806 with the "Corps of Discovery". Together they served harmoniously.

Returning from the Expedition, both Lewis and Clark served as governors. Lewis as governor of Louisiana  Territory and Clark as governor of Missouri Territory plus an appointment as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in St. Louis.

"Who were Captains Meriwether Lewis & William Clark? (PDF 562 KB)
From Lewis & Clark on the Great Plains Edition

"Captain Clark & Sturgeon" along the Discovery Trail in Washington
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Statues Commemorating
Lewis & Clark

"When they Shook Hands" the Adventure Began ...
"When they Shook Hands", Clarksville, Indiana at Falls of the Ohio Park  Learn More >>

"The Captain's Return" St. Louis, Missouri
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"The Corps of Discovery" Jefferson City, Missouri
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"First Council" at the Fort Atkinson State Park, Nebraska
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Kansas City, Missouri at Case Park overlooking Missouri River
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 Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, North Dakota
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Great Falls, Montana at Overlook Park, overlooking the Missouri River
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"Explorer's at the Marias" Fort Benton, Montana
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 "Arrival" at Fort Clatsop, Astoria, Oregon
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"End of the Trail" at Seaside, Oregon
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"Captain Clark & Sturgeon" along the Discovery Trail in Washington
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