Grenville, George (1712–1770), a British statesman. As prime minister, first lord of the treasury, and chancellor of the exchequer, 1763–65, he grappled with financial troubles. His Stamp Act and other measures were denounced by the American colonists. Grenville was an Oxford graduate and was a member of Parliament, 1740–70.
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.