Hooper, William (1742–1790), a Revolutionary War patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College. Hooper studied law under James Otis, and settled in North Carolina. After his election to the colonial Assembly in 1773 he was an active opponent of British policies. He was a member of the Continental Congress, 1774–77.
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.