Ross, George (1730–1779), an American patriot. Ross was a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses (1774–77), and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in New Castle, Delaware. After being admitted to the bar in 1750, he moved to Pennsylvania. Ross served as county prosecutor for 12 years, and as a Pennsylvania assemblyman from 1768 to 1774. Shortly before his death he was appointed judge of the admiralty court of Pennsylvania.
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.