On this day in 1774, the First Continental Congress assembled in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia
September 5, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 5 of September, repeating indefinitely
On this day in 1774, the First Continental Congress assembled in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia to address growing tensions between the American colonies and Great Britain. The Congress, consisting of representatives from 12 of the 13 colonies, hoped to rectify British actions against Massachusetts, particularly the British blockade of Boston after the Boston Tea Party and the passage of the Intolerable Acts. ☕️⛵️☕️⛵️☕️⛵️
The Congress called for a boycott of British goods if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed and argued that the British Parliament could not tax the colonies. The Congress also scheduled another convention for the following year – the Second Continental Congress – which would ultimately declare independence from Britain.
Did you know? The one colony, not present, Georgia, did not send any representatives because it was warring with local Native Americans. The colony was dependent on Great Britain for military supplies.
The First Continental Congress, 1774, Allyn Cox, 1973-74 (Architect of the Capitol)