Stark, John (1728–1822), an American military leader. He was a successful commander throughout the Revolutionary War. In the Saratoga campaign (1777), as a brigadier general he led a New England force to victory over units of General Burgoyne's army at the Battle of Bennington and then helped force the surrender of Burgoyne's entire army at Saratoga. Earlier in the war as a colonel he led contingents at Breed's (Bunker) Hill, Trenton, and Princeton. Stark was born in New Hampshire and was a farmer. He gained military experience with Rogers' Rangers in the French and Indian War.
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.