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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, soldier, and public administrator. He is best known for the Lewis and Clark Expedition which he co-led with his friend William Clark.

Meriwether Lewis was born in 1774 to a Virginia Planter family. His father William Lewis was an officer during the American Revolution. Just three years after his famous expedition out west, Meriwether Lewis died in 1809 while traveling through Tennessee on his way to the nation's capital. It is still debated today as to whether he committed suicide or was murdered.

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.

Famous Kin

Meriwether has a large number of famous kin, but what is most interesting is how closely related he is to some of them. President George Washington is a second cousin one time removed while President James Madison is a third cousin. He is a second cousin four times removed to General George S. Patton and a fourth cousin one time removed to General Robert E. Lee. He is also has some fairly close kinship to the current royal family being a third cousin six times removed to Queen Elizabeth II.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Meriwether Lewis

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Henry Percy

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

12th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Reynold Grey

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Margaret de Stafford

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Robert de Holland

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

11th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir William Bonville

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Margaret of France

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir John de Harington

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

11th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir William Bonville

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Margaret of France

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir John de Harington

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir William Bonville

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

8th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

10th cousin 6 times removed
via Margaret of France

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

11th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Henry de Newburgh

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