Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Lewis and Clark Lecture and at Library and Archives


April 13, 2023


Called the "First Scientist of the Mississippi Valley, Antoine Saugrain was a chemist and naturalist and the only physician in the frontier community of St. Louis when Lewis and Clark arrived there in 1803. Dr. Saugrain helped to outfit the Lewis and Clark Expedition with medical supplies along with items such as thermometers and matches that he made himself. Saugrain was also the first physician west of the Mississippi River to use the Jenner cowpox vaccine to prevent small pox, beginning in 1809. Char Ollinger Waughtel, a descendant of Dr. Saugrain, will be at Lewis County Public Libra...

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