The First Continental Congress

September 5-October 26, 1774: Philadelphia, PA

The First Continental Congress was formed of 56 delegates from 12/13 colonies in response to the Intolerable Acts. The Congress met at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, PA for a total of 51 days. This marked the first time that the colonies had worked together as one government.


At the First Continental Congress, 56 delegates in total were in attendance, all thirteen colonies sent delegates except Georgia. Delegates from New York and Pennsylvania were expecting to declare a revolution against Great Britain. One such delegate was Joseph Galloway. Galloway urged to send a humble petition to King George III, as a last ditch effort. Other notable delegates were John and Sam Adams of Massachusetts and George Washington of Virginia.

Issues They Discussed:

The Congress met to create a response to the Intolerable Acts enforced by Great Britain. Joseph Galloway of Pennsylvania presented Benjamin Franklin's idea of sending a humble petition to King George III. The congress decided to not send the petition, but drafted one. They did however, pass the Articles of Association which stated that if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed before December 1st of 1774, there would be a boycott of British goods and Colonist exports.


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