Heyward, Thomas, Jr. (1746–1809), a Revolutionary War patriot and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born near Charleston, South Carolina, and became a lawyer. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1776–78. Heyward then became a judge in South Carolina and served as a militia officer. He was a member of the state legislature, 1782–84, and was again a circuit judge, 1784–89.
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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