I could but esteem this moment of my departure as among the most happy of my life.
– Meriwether Lewis
born in Albemarle County, Virginia, The United States August 18, 1774
died: October 11, 1809
Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase.