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.
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.
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