General George Rogers Clark
George Rogers Clark was born in Virginia in 1752.
Clark may have visited Big Bone Lick, a topic on which he corresponded with President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson made the following request in one of his letters: “Any observations of your own on the subject of the big bones or their history, or on any thing else in the Western country, will come acceptably to me, because I know you see the works of nature in the great, and not merely in detail. Descriptions of animals, vegetables, minerals, or other curious things, notes as to the Indians, information of the country between the Missisipi (sic) and waters of the South set &c. will strike your mind as worthy being communicated. I wish you had more time to pay attention to them.”
Clark died on 13 February 1818 in Louisville, Kentucky, at “Locust Grove,” the home of his sister and brother-in-law.
- Samuel W. Thomas, and Eugene H. Conner, “George Rogers Clark: Natural Scientist and Historian,” Filson Club Historical Quarterly, 41 (1967): 216.