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Suicide or Murder?
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9781787206144
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Papamoa Press
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11-07-2017
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Engels
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Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Country for the United States before European nations. They also collected scientific data, and information on indigenous nations. President Thomas Jefferson appointed Lewis Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806. He died of gunshot wounds in what was either a murder or suicide, in 1809.The death of Meriwether Lewis is one of the great mysteries of American history. Was he murdered at Grinder's Stand or did he commit suicide? Vardis Fisher meticulously reconstructs the events and presents his own version of the case with the precision and persuasiveness of a fine trial lawyer. But Fisher was also a great novelist and it is his sense of character that serves him best here. We know Lewis' complex sensibility as well as we know that of any man of his time-his Journals are so self-revealing, so exacting in the record they make of his musings, doubts, and elations. Fisher offers us this complex Lewis and, with equal perceptiveness, sets the rough, frontier scene at Grinder's Stand. The result is a fine mystery, well solved, that leans toward tragedy.
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