Tennessee State officials stated on two occasions they believed Meriwether Lewis was assassinated. In 1848, his body was exhumed during the building of a monument at his gravesite. Lewis had been buried in the yard of the tavern inn where he met his death on October 11, 1809. The inn, called Grinder’s Stand, was located on the Natchez Trace near Hohenwald, Tennessee. His death was never investigated, and there was no attempt to arrange for a reburial at the family graveyard behind his birthplace home in Albemarle County, Virginia.
In 1848, the State of Tennessee established a commission to erect a suitable monument at the gravesite. The final report, issued by the commission in 1850, stated: “it seems to be more probable that he died at the hands of an assassin.” In 1925, when it became a National Monument, there was a dedication ceremony at the gravesite. Between 7,000 -10,000 people attended the dedication ceremonies. The petition to President Calvin Coolidge, requesting National Monument status, stated: “Investigations have satisfied the public that he was murdered presumably for the purpose of robbery.” The state historian, the state anthropologist, governor, and a medical doctor are shown at the monument in the photo posted with this blog.