Wythe, George (1726–1806), a United States jurist and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born near Hampton, Virginia. Wythe briefly attended the College of William and Mary and studied law under a family friend. As a member of the colonial House of Burgesses, he drew up Virginia's protest against the proposed Stamp Act in 1764. Wythe was a delegate to the Continental Congress (1775–76) and strongly supported the resolution for independence. He also attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
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.