Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis: The Assassination of an American Hero and the Silver Mines of Mexico

Author: Kira Gale

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This biography of the famed explorer contains new information about his life and the Lewis and Clark expedition. It presents the case for his assassination rather than his death by suicide. The assassination was organized by the commanding general of the U. S. Army, General James Wilkinson, who was called “the most consummate artist in treason the nation has ever produced” by historian Frederick Jackson Turner. After Meriwether Lewis returned from his expedition to the Pacific Coast, Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana Territory based in St. Louis. In 1809, Governor Lewis was bringing incriminating documents to Washington which would have ended General Wilkinson’s career. The general, who had participated in Aaron Burr’s earlier invasions plans, was planning a new filibuster expedition into Spanish territory. The life and the mysterious death of the 35-year-old Lewis is seen in the context of the turbulent times of the Early Republic, and other conspiracies are examined. A companion book, Fifty Documents Related to the Assassination of Meriwether Lewis, is available.

Publisher: River Junction Press LLC

552 pages, 6 x 9, 103 illustrations, 23 maps

Publication date: May, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9914093-1-0  Hard cover, $29.95 

ISBN: 978-0-9914093-0-3  Trade paper, $24.95

ebooks, $14.99 

Distributor:  BCH Fulfillment & Distribution

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Adventurers & Explorers (BISAC 1)

HISTORY: North America (BISAC 2)