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By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

The Death of Governor William Clark, CT


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 Conn 1838

Gov. William Clark, so well known as the companion of Merriwether Lewis in the first voyage across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, died at St. Louis, Mo., on the 1st inst. We copy the following from the St. Louis Republican, as the best notice we could give of the deceased, in any such space as we could spare.

The name of Governor Clark must ever occupy a prominent place on the pages of the history of the country. He arrived at St. Louis in the year 1803, and in company with his intrepid companion, Merriwether Lewis, Esq., and a small band of selected men, performed his first journey across the Rocky Mountains to the mouth of the Columbia river. The history of the pioneer trip of Lewis and Clark is familiar to every reader. After his return he was appointed Governor of the territory of Missouri, and subsequently, superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Western Division, which office he continued to hold until the day of his death. In the office of superintendent of Indian

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His name is known by the most remote tribes, and his word was reverenced by them everywhere. They regard him as a father, and his --------which is known by every Indian, even in the distant wilde of the far west--wherever shown is respected.

He was sixty-eight years of age when he died, and was probably the oldest American settler residing in St. Louis. Through a long, eventful and useful life, he has filled the various stations of a citizen and an officer with such strict integrity, and in so affable and mild a manner, that at this day of his death, malice or detraction had not a blot to fix upon the fair scroll which he history of his well-spent life leaves as a rich and inestimable legacy to his children, and the numerous friends who now mourn his death.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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