Hamilton / Lewis and Clark Connections
Hamilton, Lewis and Clark Connections
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) Leader of Expedition 1804-1806
William Clark (1770-1838) Co - Leader
1794 Alexander Hamilton under command of General Henry Lighthorse “Harry” Lee was assigned to crush the Whiskey Rebellion at Pittsburgh. Alexander Hamilton’s Aid was Meriwether Lewis. Albert Gallatin, appointed Secretary Treasurer in 1801 by President Thomas Jefferson, was the mediator between Alexander Hamilton and the Whiskey Rebels. Albert Gallatin and partner Mr. Mitchell owned a small glass factory in the small village of New Geneva.
Thomas Jefferson’s Private Secretary was Meriwether Lewis.
George Washington’s sister Elisabeth a.k.a. Betty Washington married Col. Fielding Lewis. Fielding’s cousin was Samuel Hardin Lewis. Samuel’s cousin was William Lewis, father of Meriwether Lewis.
Robert R. Livingston swore George Washington into office. He also arranged for Louisiana Territory purchase from Napoleon. Robert’s sister married Robert Fulton. Robert Livingston’s mother was Cornelia Schuyler, the cousin of Alexander Hamilton’s wife Elisabeth Schuyler.
Robert Fulton was the great grandson of Elisabeth (Betty) Washington, George Washington’s sister. Robert Fulton married Harriat Livingston, sister of Robert R. Livingston.
William Clark’s older brother General George Roger Clark built flat boats in Pittsburgh 1778 to haul troops and supplies down the Ohio River during the Revolutionary war. William’s sister Lucy Clark’s son William Croghan Jr. married Mary Carson O’Hara. Mary’s father was General James O’Hara who served in the Army during the Whiskey Rebellion. Robert R. Livingston, Robert Fulton and Nicolas Roosevelt were partners in building a flat boat at Pittsburgh in 1809 and stayed with General James O’Hara’s family during that time.
Zadok Cramer’s publications of “The Navigator” first appearing in 1801 wrote warning the unpardonable carelessness of boat builders and weak towlines as the cause of most boating accidents. Boat builders often used rotten and broken planks. He also warned to stay on water and avoid landing as much as possible because of thieves. Boats could be bought in New Geneva, Williamsport, Elizabethtown, McKeesport and a few other places. The principal places to embark were Brownsville or Redstone, Pittsburgh and Wheeling.
Boats could be bought for $1 to 1.25 per foot. 30-40 feet was a comfortable family boat roofed within 7-8 feet of the bow. He advised to buy at least a 40 cable, pump, and fireplace for an extra $10. The best time to travel was mid February to December 1st. Every boat should have a canoe or skiff. Keelboats could be bought at Brownsville, Elisabeth, McKeesport, Pittsburgh and other places on the river.
I doubt they knew this back then. Alexander Hamilton and Meriwether Lewis were 14th cousins sharing the same ancestors John of Gaunt and Katherine Roet.