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George Rogers Clark

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George Rogers Clark

American Revolution

Who was General George Rogers Clark?

George Rogers Clark was an American military leader and frontiersman who played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War and the early settlement of the western frontier. Born on November 19, 1752, in Virginia, Clark was a frontiersman and surveyor who was commissioned as a captain in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War. He is best known for his leadership in the Illinois Campaign, a series of military expeditions that he led against British outposts in the Illinois country during the war. Clark's victories in capturing Fort Kaskaskia and Fort Vincennes during the revolution 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.

Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for General George Rogers Clark


William Clark

Lewis and Clark Expedition

via John Clark


Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson

Commander of Fort Sumter at start of U.S. Civil War

1st cousin 2 times removed
via Jonathan Clark


Montgomery Clift

Movie Actor

1st cousin 5 times removed
via Jonathan Clark

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