William Clark (Explorer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

William Clark

William Clark was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. 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. Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States. 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.

Born: August 01, 1770, Ladysmith, Colony of Virginia
Died: September 01, 1838, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s): Julia Hancock (1808–1820, her death), Harriet Kennerly Radford (1820–1831, her death)
Relations: General Jonathan Clark (brother), General George Rogers Clark (brother), Ann Clark Gwatmey (sister), Captain John Clark (brother), Lieutenant Richard Clark (brother), Captain Edmund Clark (brother), Lucy Clark Croghan (sister), Elizabeth Clark Anderson (sister), Frances “Fanny” Clark O’Fallon Minn Fitzhugh (sister)
Parents: John Clark III, Ann Rogers Clark
Occupation: soldier, explorer, politician
Preceded by: Benjamin Howard
Succeeded by: Alexander McNair

About William Clark

He explored the American Northwest with Meriwether Lewis and served as the governor of the Missouri Territory from 1822 to 1838.

Before Fame

He was home-schooled and grew very self conscious about his poor spelling ability.


In addition to helping to map the U.S., he served as Governor of Missouri.

Family Life

He married twice; his first marriage was to Julia Hancock in January 1808. He had a total of eight children.


The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, appointed him as brigadier general of the Louisiana Territory militia as well as head of Indian affairs in 1807.

Information related to William Clark

  • Lewis and Clark Expedition people
  • Explorers of Oregon
  • Scientists from Virginia
  • American people of the Northwest Indian War
  • Explorers of North America
  • United States Indian agents
  • Military personnel from St. Louis
  • Burials at Bellefontaine Cemetery
  • American naturalists
  • American explorers
  • Virginia colonial people
  • American slave owners
  • Members of the American Antiquarian Society

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Latest information about William Clark updated on August 31, 2020.

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