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.
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.