After their famous expedition, Meriwether Lewis was appointed Governor of the Louisiana Territory and William Clark was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed to the Superintendency of Indian Affairs.
Two Hundred and ten years ago today, Lewis, at age 35, died tragically on October 11, 1809, just three years after the Expedition. His grave lies within Natchez Trace National Parkway, near Hohenwald, Tennessee.
Thomas Jefferson, had been life-long friends with Lewis. In fact, Lewis had served as President Jefferson’s Secretary-aid before being commissioned to lead the exploration of the Northwest Territories with Lt. Clark. Jefferson is credited with the Latin inscription on Lewis’ tombstone: Immaturus obi: sed tu felicior annos Vive meos, Bona Republica! Viva tuos. (I died young: but thou, O Good Republic, live out my years for me with better fortune.)