Produced on August 18, 1774, near Ivy, Virginia, Meriwether Lewis, in 1801, was requested by President Thomas Jefferson to become his private secretary. Together with assistance from Sacagawea, the team successfully achieved the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805.
The following year he served with William Clark, a guy who would later help him on among the best expeditions ever. Lewis joined the regular army and attained the position of captain. In 1801, he was requested by President Thomas Jefferson to become his private secretary.
Jefferson made Lewis another offer—to head an expedition into the lands west of the Mississippi. Already keen to learn more about these lands, Jefferson’s interest in the region grown with purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. Jefferson asked Lewis to collect details about the plants, animals, and peoples of the area. Lewis jumped in the opportunity and picked old friend William Clark to join him as co-commander of the expedition.