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Meriwether Lewis

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Meriwether Lewis - Trivia powerd by ABEBorn: August 18, 1774, Charlottesville, Virginia

Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase.

Died October 11, 1809 (age 35), Grinder's Stand, Hohenwald, Tennessee

In September 1809, Lewis set out for Washington D.C. to answer complaints about his actions as governor. On the way, he stopped at a tavern called Grinder's Stand, about 70 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, on the Natchez Trace on October 10th. The next morning, servants found Lewis badly injured from multiple gunshot wounds. He died shortly after sunrise.

When Clark and Jefferson were informed of Lewis' death, both accepted it as suicide, but his family contended it was murder. In later years a court of inquiry explored whether they could charge the tavern-keeper with Lewis' death. They dropped the inquiry for lack of evidence or motive.

Where is Meriwether Lewis buried

  • Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
  • Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, California
  • Pioneer Cemetery, Hohenwald, Tennessee

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Angels on your pillowPioneer Cemetery, Hohenwald, Tennessee

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