Meriwether Lewis: How Did He Die?

Meriwether Lewis: How Did He Die? 1

Tony Turnbow

Meriwether Lewis's grave, near Hohenwald, Tenn.

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Tony Turnbow

Meriwether Lewis's grave, near Hohenwald, Tenn.

By 1806, the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had solved the greatest question about their young nation: What lies beyond the wilderness?

Three years later, Lewis's death. at age 35. gave rise to a new mystery: one that hasn't been solved in 200 years: Did he die by his own hand, as many textbooks claim, or was he, in fact, murdered?

The collateral descendants of Lewis, who had no children, brought their case to Washington last month.

For 13 years,