How did Lewis and Clark die?

After the expedition, Meriwether Lewis, a troubled individual, was not suited for the bureaucratic life and found himself deep amongst petty and jealous administrators. On the way to Washington to clear his name, he stopped at Fort Pickering at the Chickasaw Bluffs. Those there described him as mentally distressed.

Three weeks later, on October 11, 1809, he died of two gunshot wounds at The Roadside Inn. Some say that he committed suicide by shooting himself, but others say he was shot twice by an unknown assassin. Jefferson for as long as he would known the man, admitted that he had suffered from "hypochondriac afflictions."

William Clark would serve as governor of the Missouri Territory and he continued to lead Native American affairs for 30 years, enjoying a high reputation as an authority on the West. Many hunters, adventurers and explorers would visit him in St. Louis for advice. He died at age 68 on September 1, 1838, while at the home of his son, Meriwether Lewis Clark.