Lewis and Clark

Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator. A native of Virginia, he lived in Georgia during his childhood and settled in what would later become the state of Missouri. Lewis led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1805 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Corps of Discovery, the mission of these soldiers, under the direction of President Thomas Jefferson, was to explore the territory of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. Upon his successful return from the expedition, Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana. He died at age 35 on his way back to Washington, DC to deliver his journals to a publisher.

William Clark was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. A native of Virginia, he later resided in pre-statehood Kentucky before settling in what later became the state of Missouri. Clark served in a militia and the United States Army. In 1803, one of his former soldiers, Meriwether Lewis, recruited Clark, then age 33, to share command of the newly formed Corps of Discovery. Clark spent three years on the expedition to the Pacific Coast. Although technically subordinate to Lewis in rank, at Lewis' insistence, he exercised equal authority. Clark concentrated chiefly on the drawing of maps, the management of the expedition's supplies, and the leading of men in hunting. After the expedition, he served as governor of the Missouri Territory. He also served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs from his office in St. Louis until his death in 1838.