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  • Near Hohenwald Meriwether Lewis Park

    Meriwether Lewis Park
    Near Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) — of Missouri. Born near Ivy, Albemarle County, Va., August 18, 1774. Governor of Louisiana (Missouri) Territory, 1807-09; died in office 1809. English and Welsh ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Commanded expedition with William Clark to Oregon, 1803-04. Died from gunshot wounds under mysterious circumstances (murder or suicide?) at Grinder's Stand, an inn on the Natchez Trace near Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tenn., October 11, 1809 (age 35 years, 54 days). Interment at Meriwether Lewis Park.
      Relatives: Son of William Lewis and Lucy (Meriwether) Lewis; first cousin once removed of Howell Lewis, John Walker, David Meriwether (1755-1822), James Meriwether (1755-1817), Francis Walker and George Rockingham Gilmer; first cousin five times removed of Arthur Sidney Demarest; second cousin of James Meriwether (1788-1852), David Meriwether (1800-1893) and James Archibald Meriwether; second cousin once removed of George Washington, Howell Cobb (1772-1818), Thomas Walker Gilmer, David Shelby Walker and Reuben Handy Meriwether; second cousin twice removed of Howell Cobb (1815-1868), Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, James David Walker and David Shelby Walker Jr.; second cousin thrice removed of Hubbard T. Smith; second cousin four times removed of Archer Woodford; third cousin of Theodorick Bland, Robert Brooke, Bushrod Washington, George Madison and Richard Aylett Buckner; third cousin once removed of John Randolph of Roanoke, Henry St. George Tucker, John Thornton Augustine Washington, Zachary Taylor, Francis Taliaferro Helm and Aylette Buckner; third cousin twice removed of John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton, Aylett Hawes Buckner, Charles John Helm, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, Nathaniel Beverly Tucker and Hubbard Dozier Helm; third cousin thrice removed of James Francis Buckner Jr., Key Pittman, Claude Pollard and Vail Montgomery Pittman; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Rootes Jackson.
      Political families: Demarest-Meriwether-Lewis family of New Jersey; Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
      Cross-reference: George F. Shannon
      Lewis counties in Idaho, Ky., Mo., Tenn. and Wash. are named for him; Lewis and Clark County, Mont. is named partly for him.
      Other politicians named for him: Meriwether Lewis RandolphMeriwether Lewis Walker
      Coins and currency: His portrait appeared (along with Clark's) on the $10 U.S. Note from 1898 to 1927.
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Books about Meriwether Lewis: Thomas C. Danisi, Uncovering the Truth About Meriwether Lewis — Donald Barr Chidsey, Lewis and Clark: The Great Adventure

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