Famous Virginians - Educators and Inventors

    William Clark, 1770-1838Meriwether Lewis, 1774-1809

    Inspiration found here.

    Nearly every child learns of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Both Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were born in Albemarle County, Virginia.

    Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) Winchester; aviator, explorer of North and South poles

    William Clark (1770-1838) Albemarle County; explored Louisiana Purchase for President Thomas Jefferson

    Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) Albemarle County; explored Louisiana Purchase for President Thomas Jefferson

    Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) Fredericksburg; mapped ocean currents, "Pathfinder of the Seas" Burial: Hollywood Cemetery - Monument in his honor located on Monument Avenue in Richmond

    Cyrus H. McCormick (1809-1884) Rockbridge County; inventor of the grain reaper

    Dr. Ephraim McDowell (1771-1830) Rockbridge County; "father of abdominal surgery"

    William McGuffey (1800-1873) Claysville, PA (UVA professor) educator, author of "McGuffey Readers"

    Walter Reed (1851-1902) Belroi; Army MD, discovered cause of yellow fever

    John Rolfe (1585-1622) Norfolk, England; introduced tobacco to America in 1612

    Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865) Prince George County; founded public education system in Virginia

    James Rumsey (1743-1792) Cecil County, MD (lived in Bath County,VA) pioneer of steamboat development

    Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740) Royal Governor, led early expeditions into western Virginia

    Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) educator, founder of Tuskegee Institute


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