Tallmadge, Benjamin (1754–1835), a United States soldier. From 1778 to 1783 Tallmadge was in charge of the major part of General Washington's secret service operations. At the close of the Revolutionary War he held the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel. He served as a Representative from Connecticut in the United States Congress, 1801–17. Tallmadge was born in Brookhaven, New York, and graduated from Yale in 1773.
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.