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Meriwether Lewis

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Meriwether Lewis

Lewis and Clark Expedition


Who was Meriwether Lewis?

Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer and military officer born on August 18, 1774, in Virginia. He is best known for his role as the co-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. Lewis served as the co-leader of the expedition with William Clark and is credited with mapping much of the western United States and helping to open up the West for American settlement. After the expedition, Lewis served as governor of the Louisiana Territory and as a commander of Fort Pickering in Tennessee. He died on October 11, 1809, at the age of 35, under mysterious circumstances that have been the subject of much speculation and debate.

Lewis and Clark Expedition (aka Corps of Discovery)

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson acquired from France's Napoleon Bonaparte territory that became known as the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson commissioned a two year expedition to explore these lands and chose Meriwether Lewis as the leader. Lewis then chose his friend William Clark as his second in command. Lewis and Clark were accompanied on most of the trip by a young Shoshone woman named Sacagawea. She was instrumental to the success of their mission as her presence let the Native American tribes they met along the way know that their intentions were peaceful. The mission lasted two years, starting in 1804 and ending in 1806.


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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

11th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir William Bonville

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

14th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

12th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Margaret of France

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

12th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley

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Seth Low

President of Columbia University

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir John de Harington

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir William Bonville

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

14th cousin
via Richard FitzAlan

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

12th cousin
via Sir Ralph Neville

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

16th cousin
via Margaret of France

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

12th cousin
via Sir John Berkeley

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William Woodbridge

2nd Governor of Michigan

15th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John de Harington

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George Winston

New Age Pianist

13th cousin 7 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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George Winston

New Age Pianist

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Robert de Holland

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George Winston

New Age Pianist

10th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir John Savage

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George Winston

New Age Pianist

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Robert de Ferrers

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Anna Gunn

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Thomas Stanley

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Ben Jealous

President and CEO of NAACP

11th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir William Bonville

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Ben Jealous

President and CEO of NAACP

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ben Jealous

President and CEO of NAACP

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Ben Jealous

President and CEO of NAACP

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley

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Susan Dey

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Susan Dey

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Ida de Odingsells

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