Meriwether Lewis as painted by Charles Willson Peale
August 18, 1774: Meriwether Lewis, explorer and naturalist, was born. He lived in St. Louis while he acted as the first Governor of the Louisiana Territory.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.