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Jean Baptiste LePage was a French-Canadian fur trader who was living among the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians (near present Bismarck, North Dakota) when the explorers arrived there, October 27, 1804. Lewis, by his January 15, 1807 letter to the Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn, transmitted a “Roll of the men who accompanyed Captains Lewis and Clark on their late tour to the Pacific Ocean...with some remarks on their rispective merits and services.” Here, LePage is rated as “Entitled to no peculiar merit. Was enlisted at Fort Mandan, on the 2d of November 1804 in order to supply the deficiency in my permanent party occasioned b the discharge of John Newman. He performed the tour to the Pacific Ocean and returned to St. Louis, where he was discharged in common with others, on the 10th of November last. As he did not perform the labors incident to the summer of 1804, it would be proper to give him the gratuity only of two-thirds as much as is given to others of his rank.”

See also The Lesser-Known Members of the Corps.