Clark, Abraham (1726–1794), a United States patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Clark was born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey, and practiced law although he apparently was never admitted to the bar. He served on the New Jersey Committee of Public Safety, in the New Jersey legislature, and in the Continental Congress, and helped raise supplies for Washington throughout the Revolution. Clark opposed the Constitution until the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1791–94.
In the dark of night on Dec. 16, 1773, residents of Boston poured more than 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor. But they weren't trying to set a world record for the most cups of tea made at one time. They were protesting the British government.
President Jefferson sent a couple of his representatives over to France to buy the city of New Orleans. What he got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.