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.
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.