Gwinnett, Button (1735?–1777), an American Revolutionary War patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Gwinnett came to America from England sometime before 1765, when he established a plantation on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776. In 1777 he was briefly governor of Georgia. He was killed in a duel.
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.
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.