(August 1, 1770 - September 1, 1838)
Born in Virginia and the brother of George Rogers Clark, William Clark was half of the Lewis and Clark duo.
William Clark's early career was in the military. Fighting various battles against the indians on the "frontier", he rose through the ranks becoming adjunct and quartermaster. In one campaign, William met an ensign named Meriwether Lewis.
In 1803, Clark received a letter from Lewis asking him to join an expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Clark was suppose to become a captain, but was only assigned as second lieutenant. The two made an excellent pair and Clark's indian campaign experience helped greatly.
After the great journey, William settled near present day Kansas City, Missouri, built Fort Osage, became governor of the Missouri Territory, lead various expeditions to Wisconsin.
His life was spent always serving his country. William Clark was one of the most able explorers and one of the greats in western frontier expansion.
William Clark's lavish monument and grave are in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. There is a bronze bust and various plaques describing his fantastic career.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Drawing by Richard Florence