Taylor, George (1716–1781), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the provincial assembly of Pennsylvania (1764–69), the Pennsylvania Committee of Correspondence (1774–76), and the Continental Congress (1776–77). He also served on the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, 1777. Taylor was born in northern Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1736 and became a prominent iron manufacturer in 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.