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Did you know that Patrick Gass was born today in 1771? He joined the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. Patrick Gass was a skilled carpenter and helped to make dugout canoes, construct winter quarters, and build wagons to carry canoes and supplies when they had to portage (travel overland around waterfalls). He published the first journal and account of the expedition in 1807, seven years before Lewis and Clark’s journals. In his journal he was the first to use the phrase “Corps of Discovery” to describe the Lewis and Clark expedition.

We hope that you have a journal-worthy day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.

Bonus Facts:
Patrick Gass joined the Virgina Militia in 1792. Patrick Gass helped to build the house of the future President of the United States, James Buchanan, Jr. In 1799 he joined the U.S. Army and served under General Alexander Hamilton.

Patrick Gass also served during the War of 1812.

During the Civil War, Patrick Gass had to be removed from a recruiting station. He wanted to volunteer, even though he was 91 years old.

Patrick Gass was the oldest surviving member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.