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On May 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress was first convened in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall

May 10, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 10 of May, repeating indefinitely

On May 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress was first convened in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

The Congress would serve through 1781, during this period signing and approving the Declaration of Independence, guiding the fledgling nation through much of the American Revolution, and establishing the Articles of Confederation.

Did you know? The Second Continental Congress was a government on the move – the war forced the Second Congress to meet in four different locations, including Philadelphia, York, Lancaster, and Baltimore. This theme of itinerancy would continue with the Confederation Congress and lead to arguments over the location of a national capitol.

 

Rear view of Independence Hall and Barry Statue, Philadelphia, PA, Tichnor Bros., c. 1930s-40s

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer