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.
Forget George Washington’s cherry tree and Ben Franklin’s inveterate womanizing. You're about to meet patriots you've never heard of, plus a few you thought you knew.