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.
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.