Dayton, Jonathan (1760–1824), a United States political leader. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Dayton served in the Revolutionary army, the Continental Congress, and the New Jersey assembly. At 27, he was the youngest signer of the U.S. Constitution. Dayton was a Federalist representative in Congress, 1791–99, and was Speaker of the House, 1795–99. He served in the Senate, 1799–1805. Dayton, Ohio, where he owned land, was named for him in 1805. Dayton was involved in Aaron Burr's treason plot in 1807. He was indicted for his part in the plot but was not prosecuted.
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.