Braxton, Carter (1736–1797), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in King and Queen County, Virginia, the son of a wealthy, aristocratic planter, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1755. Braxton served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1761–75. He then was elected to the Continental Congress and served 1775–76, 1777–83, and 1785. From 1786 to 1794, Braxton was a member of the Virginia Council of State.
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.