Sullivan, John (1740–1795), an American soldier, patriot, and statesman. Sullivan won distinction as a commander in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. As a major general, 1776–79, he led troops at Trenton, Brandywine, Princeton, and Germantown. He resigned his commission after routing the Iroquois from northern Pennsylvania and western New York. He served as attorney general of New Hampshire and was later elected to three terms as governor. Sullivan was born in Somers-worth, New Hampshire. He became a lawyer and was a delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1774.
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.
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.