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On this day – Meriwether Lewis was born
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 18 of August, repeating indefinitely
On August 18, 1774, Meriwether Lewis, famous explorer and co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was born in near Charlottesville, Virginia. Before the famous expedition, he served in the military and as presidential secretary to Thomas Jefferson.
Did you know? Lewis met William Clark after being court-martialed. Though he was acquitted of charges that he drunkenly challenged a superior to a duel, he was still transferred to a new company, commanded by William Clark.
Meriwether Lewis, Charles Willson Peale, c. 1807