Lynch, Thomas, Jr. (1749–1779), an American planter and patriot. He was a member of the Second Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Lynch was born in Berkeley County, South Carolina. He attended Cambridge University in England and studied law in London. Lynch was a member of the first South Carolina state assembly in 1776 and was a captain of the state militia. He sailed for France and was lost at sea in 1779.
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.