Before dawn on October 11, 1809, Meriwether Lewis, coleader of the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition, died from two gunshot wounds. No one witnessed the shooting at a crude inn along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee. But people on the scene shortly afterward concluded that the then-governor of Upper Louisiana had taken his own life. William Clark and Thomas Jefferson agreed. For two centuries the question has persisted: Was Lewis's death a suicide, an accident, or a homicide?Guice, John D. W. is the author of 'By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis', published 2007 under ISBN 9780806138510 and ISBN 0806138513.