Oct. 11, 1809—Meriwether Lewis dies at Grinder’s Stand, an inn along the Natchez Trace in middle Tennessee.
1848—Tennessee legislative committee orders examination of the upper portion of Gov. Lewis’ skeleton to accurately identify the remains and to ensure the Meriwether Lewis Monument is, indeed, placed above his gravesite.
June 3, 1996—Nine-member coroner’s jury in Lewis County, Tenn., concludes that an exhumation should be carried out to investigate Gov. Lewis’ death.
Dec. 16, 1996—Tennessee District Attorney General seeks state court order to authorize exhumation.
June 18, 1997—Initial permit application submitted to the National Park Service for exhumation of Gov. Lewis’ remains for scientific study.
Jan. 13, 1998—National Park Service refuses to grant permit for exhumation.
March 24, 1998—Federal court in Tennessee rules the permit process is the only way to secure authorization to exhume Gov. Lewis’ remains.
Jan. 11, 2008—Lyle Laverty, assistant secretary of the Interior, determines the proposed exhumation is in the public interest and should proceed.
Feb. 26, 2009—Lewis family representatives and the principal investigator in the Lewis case learn that the National Park Service intends to reject an exhumation request submitted in January 2009.
Feb. 27, 2009—Collateral descendants of Gov. Lewis ask director of the National Park Service for help with their exhumation request.
March 13, 2009—Collateral descendants of Gov. Lewis ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for help with their exhumation request.
June 17, 2009—Dan Wenk, acting director of the National Park Service, advises collateral Lewis descendants that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will stick with Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty’s January 2008 policy decision indicating the proposed exhumation is in the public interest and should proceed.
July 2009—An environmental assessment gets under way as a required step in the process to obtain a permit for the exhumation of Gov. Lewis.