Smith, James (1719?–1806), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A prominent backcountry leader in Pennsylvania, he served in various provincial assemblies and was a member of the Continental Congress (1776 and 1778). Smith was born in northern Ireland and came to America in 1729. He studied law, eventually establishing a successful practice in York, Pennsylvania.
Forget George Washington’s cherry tree and Ben Franklin’s inveterate womanizing. You're about to meet patriots you've never heard of, plus a few you thought you knew.
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.