Tools of the Trade
Photograph by Ira Block
Though Meriwether Lewis owned several watches, he described a silver watch with double cases that became fouled with dust in North Dakota, possibly the timepiece pictured above. Clarks watch fob, a miniature compass and chain made to resemble a surveyors chain, was likely a gift to the explorer after his return. Clark later became governor of the Missouri Territory and Missouri superintendent of Indian affairs, a position he held until his death in 1838. Lewis, appointed governor of the Louisiana Territory, died mysteriously of a gunshot wound in 1809.