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William Clark

Also Known As: "Corps of Discovery Co Leader"
Birthplace: Caroline, Virginia
Death: Died in St Louis, St. Louis , Missouri, United States
Place of Burial: St. Louis, St. Louis , Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Clark, III and Ann Clark
Husband of Julia Clark and Harriet Clark
Father of Brig. General Meriwether Lewis Clark, Sr. (CSA); William Preston Clark; Mary Margaret Clark; George Rogers Hancock Clark; John Julius Clark and 4 others
Brother of Maj. General Jonathan Clark (Virginia Militia); Brig. General George Rogers Clark; Ann Rogers Gwathmey; Captain John Clark; Richard Henry Clark, Lt and 8 others

Occupation: Explorer, Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
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About Capt. William Clark

At this camp [Baker's Bay on the north shore, just inside Cape Disappointment, Washington] Lewis and Clark and several of the men carved their names on a tree. Clark wrote: "William Clark December 3rd, 1805. By land from U. States in 1804 & 1805."

William Clark (August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838) was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor.[1] A native of Virginia, he would also grow up in pre-statehood Kentucky before later settling in what later became the state of Missouri. Clark was also a slave owner.[2] Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claim the Pacific Northwest for the United States.[3] Before the expedition, he served in a militia and the United States Army. Afterward he served in a militia and as governor of the Missouri Territory. From 1822 until his death in 1838, he served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs.

Clark was a Freemason and a member of the Saint Louis Lodge No. 111. He was buried with Masonic honors and over his grave stands a Masonic monument.

about York, b. (c) 1772- the Slave and Body Servant to William Clark []

1/17/2001-William Clark-Posthumously promoted to Captain Regular Army-effective date: 3/26/1804 by President William (Bill) Clinton []



Who doesn’t enjoy a “how we met” story? There is a charming story about how William Clark met his future bride, a year or so before the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Hancock family legend has it that young Julia “Judy” Hancock, who was about 11 or 12, and her cousin Harriet Kennerly, age 14, were out riding near their handsome family estate, Santillane, in western Virginia. One of their horses became balky, and the girls were having trouble getting home.

Along came a handsome red-headed gentleman — none other than William Clark — who helped the girls get the horse going and escorted them home. Little did the pretty young girls dream that they had both met their future husband.

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Capt. William Clark's Timeline

August 1, 1770
Caroline, Virginia
January 5, 1808
Age 37
January 10, 1809
Age 38
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Age 40
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May 6, 1816
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November 28, 1821
Age 51
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