Bassett, Richard (1745–1815), an American Revolutionary leader and statesman. He was born in Cecil County, Maryland. After serving as an officer in the Continental Army, he became active in Delaware politics and was one of Delaware's signers of the United States Constitution. Bassett served as a United States senator, 1789–93, and was governor of Delaware, 1799–1801.
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.
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