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William Clark
William Clark-Charles Willson Peale.jpg
4th Governor of Missouri Territory
In office
July 1, 1813 – September 18, 1820
Appointed by James Madison
Preceded by Benjamin Howard
Succeeded by Alexander McNair
Personal details
Born August 1, 1770(1770-08-01)
Ladysmith, Colony of Virginia
Died September 1, 1838(1838-09-01) (aged 68)
St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s) Julia Hancock (m. 1808–1820) «start: (1808)–end+1: (1821)»"Marriage: Julia Hancock to William Clark" Location: (linkback:
(her death)
Harriet Kennerly Radford (m. 1820–1831) «start: (1820)–end+1: (1832)»"Marriage: Harriet Kennerly Radford to William Clark" Location: (linkback:
(her death)
Parents John Clark III,
Ann Rogers Clark
Occupation soldier, explorer, politician

William Clark (August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838) was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor.[1] A native of Virginia, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a planter and slaveholder.[2]

Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States.[3] Before the expedition, he served in a militia and the United States Army. Afterward, he served in a militia and as governor of the Missouri Territory. From 1822 until his death in 1838, he served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs.


  1. Jones, William Clark and the Shaping of the West
  2. Jay Buckley, William Clark: Indian Diplomat, University Oklahoma Press, 2008, pg 20-1
  3. Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny Robert Miller, Bison Books, 2008 pg 108

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