Portrait of a young William Clark
Portrait of a young William Clark
 
 
A journal of the expedition kept by Clark
A journal of the expedition kept by Clark
 
 
Clark leading the expedition
Clark leading the expedition
 
 
A compass used to map the territory
A compass used to map the territory
 
 
Clark dressed for exploring
Clark dressed for exploring
 
 
Tools used by William Clark
Tools used by William Clark
 
 
Portrait of William Clark after the Corps of Discovery
Portrait of William Clark after the Corps of Discovery
 
Clark, William
Topic(s):   Explorers, Famous People (U.S.), Lewis & Clark Expedition
Quick Facts
Full name William Clark
Born August 1, 1770 (Caroline County, Virginia)
Died September 1, 1838 (St. Louis, Missouri)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) army officer, explorer of Louisiana Territory
Major Achievement(s) leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

William Clark grew up in Kentucky. Born in 1770, he was the ninth of ten children. He had little schooling. He knew a lot about farming, hunting, and living in the wilderness.

Clark joined the army when he was nineteen. He learned about different Native American tribes. He was a good leader. He had a talent for drawing maps that he would later use on the expedition.

Lewis and Clark met while serving in the army as sharpshooters. They respected each other. They liked one another. Lewis knew he needed a skilled officer to lead the Corps of Discovery with him. He invited his friend, William Clark. Clark quickly agreed. In his reply, Clark wrote, no man lives whith whome I perfur to undertake such a Trip as yourself.

Clark married after the trip. He was a successful businessman. He led the Department of Indian Affairs. He tried to treat the Native Americans fairly. He was a foster father to Sacagawea’s children. He died in 1838.

Resource information

Blumberg, Rhoda. The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1987.

Johmann, Carol. A. The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory. Charlotte, VT: Williamson Publishing, 2003.

Molzahn, Arlene Bourgeois. Lewis and Clark: American Explorers. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2003.

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