Second Continental Congress

Angela Klinkner

The meeting of the Second Continental Congress was one of the most important meetings held in the history of the United States. The First Continental Congress met in 1774 and the Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1775 after the Revolutionary war had already begun. Meeting was called into session after the British stormed into Boston in attempt to arrest the patriots that publicly voiced their opinions against the crown. Delegates of twelve of the thirteen colonies came together in Philadelphia to draw up a statement in regards to the actions of the British Parliament (Georgia didn’t send a delegate until later). The meeting wasn’t intended to declare independence from Britain, but to create an action to present the outrage of the colonies.


In 1776, after no satisfaction from the crown, the Congress did decide to pull away from Britain. George Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief over the newly founded army. The congress also decided to start printing money in order to cover the costs of the new military. At the Second Continental Congress meeting, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman wrote the Declaration of Independence. Congress approved of the first resolution of independence on July 2nd, 1776. On July 4th, they approved the final declaration. Overall, the meeting was to set the tone and manage the efforts that soon later brought about the birth of a new and independent country.

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