Penn, John (1741?–1788), a United States lawyer and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Penn was born near Port Royal, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1762. Penn moved to North Carolina in 1774 and served in the Continental Congress, 1775–77 and 1778–80. In 1780 he was a member of the board of war in North Carolina. He resumed his law practice in 1784.
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.