Gen. William Clarke Biography

Submitted by Alice Warner

Author: Howe

The subject of the above notice[Gen Rogers Clarke] had a brother, Gen. Wm.
Clarke, who was scarcely
less distinguished. He was born in this state in 1770. When 14 years old, he
removed with his father's family to Kentucky, where the city of Louisville now
stands. It then consisted only of a few cabins surrounding a fort, then recently
established by his brother, Gen. Rogers Clarke. He entered the army, and was
lieutenant in 1790. He was the companion of Lewis on the expedition to the
Pacific. In 1806, he was appointed governor of the territory of Upper Louisiana,
and governor of Missouri from 1813 to 1820, when it was admitted into the Union.
He held various offices, among which was that of superintendent of Indian
affairs. He made many important treaties with the Indians. He well understood
their character and won their most unbounded confidence. "His name was known to
the most remote trives, and his word was everywhere reverenced by them. They
regarded him as a father, and his signature, which was known to the most remote
tribes, whenever shown was respected." He died in 1838, aged 68, at St. Louis,
where he had resided for over 30 years.

Additional Comments:
From "Historical Collections of Virginia, by Henry Howe, 1845."

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