Williams, William (1731–1811), a United States patriot, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, where he became a merchant. He graduated from Harvard College in 1751. Williams was an early supporter of the Revolutionary cause. He helped to raise funds for Continental troops.
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.
Henry, Patrick (1736-1799), a United States orator and statesman. He was one of the first American patriots to speak out against taxation by Britain.