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American National Biography
George Rogers Clark
Clark, George Rogers (19 Nov. 1752-13 Feb. 1818), revolutionary war general and "conqueror of the Northwest," was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of John Clark and Ann Rogers, planters. The Clarks were descended from Scottish immigrants who came to Virginia early in the eighteenth century; George Rogers Clark's flaming red hair was a mark of his Celtic ancestry. Four of his brothers were officers in the revolutionary army, and his youngest brother, William Clark, forged a trail across the continent with his Albemarle friend and neighbor, Meriwether Lewis.