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Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether LewisBorn: 18-Aug-1774
Birthplace: Charlottesville, VA
Died: 11-Oct-1809
Location of death: Nashville, TN
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Buried, Pioneer Cemetery, Hohenwald, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Explorer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Lewis and Clark expedition

Military service: US Army (1794-1806)

Explorer who with William Clark led the first overland expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Their journey lasted from 1804-06. They sought the fabled Northwest Passage to Asia. As a young man he managed his family's 2000 acre plantation, and developed an interest in botany, science, and mineralogy. Lewis joined the army and became a captain in 1800. He was private secretary to Thomas Jefferson beginning in 1801, and was made governor of the Louisiana Territory in 1807.

Father: John Lewis (d., pneumonia)
Mother: Lucy Meriwether Lewis
Sister: Jane
Brother: Reuben

    Governor Louisiana Territory 1807
    National Cowboy Hall of Fame (1965)
    Shot: Accidental accidental (11-Aug-1806)
    Suicide Attempt twice, according to letter by Capt. Gilbert Russell
    Shot: Self-Inflicted apparently, Nashville, TN (11-Oct-1809)
    Freemasonry
    Slaveowners
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Depression, Malaria

Is the subject of books:
Suicide or Murder? The Strange Death of Governor Meriwether Lewis, 1962, BY: Eldon G. Chuinard


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