Harrison, Benjamin (1726?–1791), an American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. A son, William Henry Harrison, and a great-grandson, Benjamin Harrison, became Presidents of the United States. Harrison was born in Charles City County, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary. Harrison was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1749–75, and of the Continental Congress, 1774–78. He served as governor of Virginia, 1782–84.
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.