[2016] Melissa Pickar: WILLIAM CLARK

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[2016] Melissa Pickar: WILLIAM CLARK

1 of 10 children and younger brother to Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark. William Clark joined the army at the age of 19 and became friends with Meriwether Lewis. By 1795, he had earned promotions into leadership positions, eventually getting the rank of Captain. Meriwether Lewis was assigned to him.


Clark wasterritorial governorof Missouri from 1813to 1820. In 1822, President Monroeappointed him to Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Clark also servedas legal guardian toSacagawea's chidren.

President Jefferson assigned an exploration of new territories to Lewis. Lewis chose to have Clark as his assistant commander. This famous expedition began in 1803.Clark also served as the expedition's principal waterman and cartographer (map maker). His maps were very detailed and represented the best available until the 1840's. He also kept a very detailed and faithful set of journals over the whole 52 month journey.

August 1, 1770-September 1, 1838

They reached the villages of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians near modern day Bismarck, ND in October of 1804. Here is where they sey up their winter camp and spent 5 months their learning from the local inhabitants, including some French-Canadian traders nearby. Toussaint Charbonneau, a trader, and his pregnant Shoshone Indian wife, Sacagawea, became friends with Clark. They knew that there was some rough terrain ahead and they enlisted them as interpreters and guides for their journey. Even after the expedition they all remained friends. In 1807, Clark recieved his rewards for a successful expedition. Double pay ($1,228), 1,600 acres of land, and appointed to Brigadier General of Militia.


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