Lewis, Francis (1713–1802?), an American patriot and merchant. Lewis was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate from New York to the Continental Congress, 1775–79. Lewis came to America from Wales in 1738 and began a career in trade. He served in the French and Indian War. His son Morgan (1754–1844) was governor of New York, 1804–07.
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.
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