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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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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Robert de Beaumont

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

15th cousin
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via John, King of England

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Isabelle of Angoulême

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Odingsells

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir James de Audley

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William de Hastings

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

12th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir John Berkeley of Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Margaret de Stafford

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 5 times removed
via Joan Beaufort

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Geoffrey le Scrope

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

17th cousin 3 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ferrers

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

10th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Lionel de Welles

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir William de Aton

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard Sherburne

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