1. Let's clear up a little about THOMAS JEFFERSON CALLIHAN, my g-grandfather, and the numerous men born on, or about 1803 and later, whose given names were THOMAS JEFFERSON plus whatever their family name might have been: CALLIHAN, JONES, SMITH, BURLESON, et cetera. You scholars of history know well that the President THOMAS JEFFERSON, writer of our Declaration of Independence; writer and signer of our Constitution, also tripled the size of the United States of America when he made the Louisiana Purchase (c1803). ANNND, Tom became even more popular than he had been; thus, numerous new-born sons were given the T.J. appellation to honor Tthomas Jefferson.
2. What good was that Louisiana Purchase - if almost no person knew of what it actually consisted? the U.S. Congress was screaming their heads off because President Jefferson had committed Fifteen (15) Million dollars GOLD for the land without the approval of Congress.
3. Tom knew he had better find out quickly just what he had bought; he did just what every president since has done , when cornered,; he appointed a fact-finding committee of two people: Meriwether LEWIS, and William CLARK,to form an expedition to mark out a land route to the Pacific, which they did between the spring of 1804 and September 23, 1806 at a cost to the taxpayers of $2,500.00.
4. The publicity was tremendous, even without television ; so much so that many more sons were named WILLIAM CLARK. (this, probably due to the difficulty in spelling MERIWETHER).
I BELIEVE THIS TO BE A RATIONAL ANSWER TO MY G-GRANDFATHER
BEING NAMED THOMAS JEFFERSON CALLIHAN, AND MY GRANDFATHER BEING NAMED WILLIAM CLARK CALLIHAN.
NORMAN D. CALLIHAN, COLONEL (Retired)--30--
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