Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis
1774 - 1809
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First Name Meriwether
Last Name Lewis
Age 35 (age at death) years
Birthday 18th August, 1774
Birthplace Ivy, Albemarle County, Virginia
Died 11th October, 1809
Place of Death Hickman County, Tennessee, U.S. (now near Hohenwald, Tennessee)
Buried Pioneer Cemetery, Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tennessee, USA
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nationality American
Occupation Text Explorer, soldier, politician
Occupation Explorer

Meriwether Lewis (August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809) was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with, and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Country for the United States before European nations. They also collected scientific data, and information on indigenous nations. President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806. He died of gunshot wounds in what was either a murder or suicide, in 1809.

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