Gadsden Christopher (1724--1805), an American Revolutionary War patriot. Gadsden was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He became a wealthy merchant and political leader, serving in the Stamp Act Congress (1765) and the First Continental Congress (1774--76). He was a brigadier general in the Continental Army, 1776--78. Gadsden later served in the South Carolina state legislature. His grandson, James Gadsden, negotiated the Gadsden Purchase.
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.