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William Clark

William ClarkBorn: 1-Aug-1770
Birthplace: Caroline County, VA
Died: 1-Sep-1838
Location of death: St. Louis, MO
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Explorer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Lewis and Clark expedition

Explorer who with Meriwether Lewis joined the Corps of Discovery and went on the epic Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Northwest of the United States. The expedition lasted from 1804-1806. Clark was the cartographer on the journey. His slave, York, traveled on the expedition, and was not granted manumission until over ten years later. At the age of 19, Clark joined the Kentucky Militia, and later joined the army. His brothers had all been Revolutionary War veterans.

Clark married Julia Hancock in 1808, and they named their son Meriwether Lewis Clark. Julia died in 1820. Clark then married the widow Mrs. Harriet Kennerly Radford, and went on to have two more children with her.

He became Governor of the Missouri Territory in 1813. He became involved in Indian affairs and served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in St. Louis, appointed by President Monroe in 1822.

Father: John Clark
Mother: Ann Rogers Clark
Brother: George Rogers Clark (Kentucky frontier military leader)
Wife: Julia Hancock (m. 1808, d. 1820, one son)
Son: Meriwether Lewis Clark
Wife: Harriet Kennerly Radford (two children)

    Governor of Missouri (1813-20)
    National Cowboy Hall of Fame 1965
    St. Louis Walk of Fame
    Freemasonry
    Slaveowners
    Scottish Ancestry


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