Descendants of Meriwether Lewis Launch ‘Solve the Mystery’ Web Site

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HOHENWALD, Tenn.—Collateral descendants of Meriwether Lewis have unveiled a Web site as part of their campaign to exhume and examine the American explorer’s remains in hopes of determining conclusively how he died.

The Web site,, explains the Lewis family’s more than decade-long quest to gain federal permission for the exhumation as well as a Christian reburial. Since Lewis’ death in 1809, speculation has churned about whether he committed suicide or was killed.

The Web site also gives biographical information about Lewis, provides an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, introduces visitors to the Lewis family, and encourages Americans to join the Solve the Mystery effort by writing letters to the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The department’s National Park Service controls the land in Tennessee where Lewis is buried.

“The truth-seeking campaign of the Lewis family repeatedly has been stalled by the National Park Service. We are asking the public to help us clear the way for exhumation of Meriwether Lewis’ remains, along with a scientific study of his remains and a Christian reburial,” Lewis descendant Howell Lewis Bowen of Charlottesville, Va., said.

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