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.
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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