Born 1774 — Died 1809.
Also known as:
"The greatest pathfinder this country has ever known"
Not to be confused with:
William Clark — he's the other one.
Jerry Lewis — comedian, no relation.
Claim to fame:
At the request of President Thomas Jefferson, he led the Corps of Discovery — now known as the Lewis and Clark expedition — to explore lands of western North America.
Typical headline if on 10 o'clock news:
Lewis And Clark Reach Pacific Coast!
After the Break: Does Yogurt Make You Taller? Channel 9 investigates.
Likely to say:
"Have you tried this elk meat? Its delicious!"
"If you don't stop arguing back there, I'm going to turn this whole Corps of Discovery around."
Unlikely to say:
"Did anyone bring a map?" There were no maps. That's one reason why they were doing this, to help create maps for the route they took.
Who would play Lewis in a movie?
Owen Wilson. Okay, so Lewis was a bit more dark and broody but, heck, that's Hollywood.
Who would not play Lewis in a movie?
What he thought they would find:
Mammoths, mountains made of salt, Indians who spoke Welsh.
What they did find:
About 50 Indian tribes, 300 new species, great rivers, and the Rocky Mountains.
Favorite ice cream: