Whipple, William (1730–1785), a Revolutionary War patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Kittery, Maine. Whipple became captain of a ship and engaged in the slave trade, but about 1760 became a merchant. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress (1776–79). He also saw military service in the American Revolution, was a member of the New Hampshire legislature, and was a judge.
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.