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Meriwether Lewis
Meriwether Lewis, private secretary to Jefferson turned explorer

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Explorer, Meriwether Lewis Was Born
August 18, 1774

Lewis grew up in the woods near Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, and when Jefferson became president in 1801, Lewis became his private secretary. Two years later Jefferson asked Lewis to lead an exploration of the Louisiana Purchase--the large piece of land that the U.S. acquired from France in 1803.
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