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LEWIS & CLARK BIOGRAPHY  (You are here)

Meriwether Lewis <<Meriwether Lewis
August 18, 1774- October 11,1809

( 29 years of age when the Corps of Discovery began their journey in 1804)

   William Clark

 

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August 1, 1770 -
September 1, 1838

( 33 years of age when the Corps of Discovery began their journey in 1804)

 

 

 

"Who were Captains Meriwether Lewis & William Clark?"
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From Lewis & Clark on the Great Plains Edition

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.

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.

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"When they Shook Hands", Clarksville, Indiana at Falls of the Ohio Park
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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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