Meriwether Lewis

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Crappy essay from..what?Fifth grade I think

Submitted: September 21, 2008

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Submitted: September 21, 2008



Meriwether Lewis explored more than eight thousand miles of land in the Oregon and Louisiana territories He was born in Virginia on August 18, 1774.He explored the Louisiana and Oregon territories. He became governor of Louisiana in 1808, and most likely committed suicide near Nashville, Tennessee.

He was born in Albemarle County, Virginia on August 18, 1774. When he was ten, his family moved to Georgia, where he met Eric Parker, who introduced him to traveling. He had private tutors, and in the 1790’s graduated from Liberty Hall. In 1794 he joined the Virginian militia, for there were predictions of another war with Britain, and joined the regular US army in 1795, where he met Thomas Jefferson.

In 1801, Jefferson asked him to be his secretary, for they were good friends, and in 1803 he referred him to Congress to lead an expedition to the Pacific. He chose William Clark as his partner, and several other men, including Sacagawea’s husband, Toussaint Charlotte, a French/Mandonian interpreter. They set out on May 14, 1804.

Near the end of the trip, a near blind man name Pierre Cruzzatte shot him in the thigh while elk hunting.They returned in September 1806.He was granted 1,400 hectares of land by Jefferson, and appointed governor of Missouri. In 1808, Jefferson appointed him governor of Louisiana Territory. He started suffering from hypochondria, and was a poor leader because he often quarreled with local political leaders and failed to keep in touch with his superiors in Washington D.C. While going to Washington D.C. to resign from being governor, he most likely shot himself at Grinder’s Tavern, near Nashville, Tennessee. Jefferson believed he committed suicide, while his family believed he was murdered. It will likely never be known whether he committed suicide or was murdered.

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