The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Alexander Hamilton Willard

Alexander Hamilton Willard

Birth
Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 6 Mar 1865 (aged 86)
Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 2521 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Explorer. A member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Born in New Hampshire, he was living in Kentucky when he enlisted in the regular army in 1800. Willard was stationed and recruited at Kaskaskia and joined the Corps of Discovery on January 1 1804. He was a blacksmith, gunsmith, and hunter for the expedition. That summer he was found sleeping at his post while on guard duty and was given the harshest penalty of any on the expedition: 100 lashes to the bare back for four straight days. Later redeeming himself, Willard was attacked by a grizzly during a portage of the Missouri, and Clark had to gather 3 men to chase the bear off. Willard married Eleanor McDonald in 1807. In 1808 Meriwether Lewis hired him as blacksmith to the Sauk and Fox Indians, and the following year he was hired at the same job to the Delaware and Shawnee. In 1852 the Willard family emigrated west to California, where he died in Sacramento.

Bio by: JustinM



Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Alexander Hamilton Willard?

Current rating:

45 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2521
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Hamilton Willard (24 Aug 1778–6 Mar 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2521, citing Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .