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William Clark

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William Clark

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Who was William Clark?

William Clark was an American explorer, military officer, and governor of the Missouri Territory. Born on August 1, 1770, in Virginia, Clark was a career military officer who served in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars. He is best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, a pioneering expedition that explored the western portion of the Louisiana Purchase in 1804-1806. The expedition was tasked with exploring the Missouri River and its tributaries, mapping the western territories, and making contact with Native American tribes. Clark served as the co-leader of the expedition with Meriwether Lewis and is credited with mapping much of the western United States and helping to open up the West for American settlement. After the expedition, Clark served as governor of the Missouri Territory and later as superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Louisiana Territory. He died on September 1, 1838, at the age of 68.

Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for William Clark


General George Rogers Clark

American Revolution

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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