Ancestry of General
George Rogers Clark
American Revolutionary War Hero
Who was General George Rogers Clark?
General George Rogers Clark was the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolution. He is best known for capturing Fort Kaskaskia and Fort Vincennes during the revolution. This weakened British influence in the Northwest Territory and led them to cede the entire Northwest Territory to the United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris. This led to General Clark's nickname as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest.”
Although a hero during the American Revolution, General Clark's military career would end in disgrace during the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795) which followed. He was accused of leading his men while drunk on duty. Although he denied the claims and demanded a formal investigation, he was forced to resign.
There are a few known famous kin for General George Rogers Clark, the most prominent being his brother William Clark who was one of the leaders of the Lewis & Clark expedition. General Clark is also connected to Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson who was the commanding officer at Fort Sumter when it was surrendered at the start of the U.S. Civil War. The movie actor Montgomery Clift is also a cousin. Hopefully future research will reveal more of General George Rogers Clark's ancestry and possibly lead to additional famous kin.
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