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.
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.
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.