Lee, Francis Lightfoot (1734–1797), a Revolutionary War statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, a brother of Richard Henry Lee and a cousin of “Light-Horse Harry” Lee. Lee was educated by tutors. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1758–68, 1769–76), and strongly opposed the policies of the British government. As a member of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1779 he supported separation from Great Britain and helped draft the Articles of Confederation. Later he served in the Virginia Senate.
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.