First Continental Congress

First Continental Congress (HM66W)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 56.898', W 75° 8.828'

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The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New yorkers, New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian but an American.—Patrick Henry, Carpenters' Hall, 1774

In 1774 the American colonies felt threatened. Their grievances against Great Britain were being ignored. Was it finally time for resistance, or was reconciliation still possible?

The First Continental Congress met here in Carpenters' Hall in the autumn of 1774 to choose a course of action. Led by John and Sam Adams, and inspired by the fiery speeches of Patrick Henry, representatives of the Colonies united to defend American rights. They appealed to the King and the British people to repeal unjust laws and taxes. They condemned the closing of the port of Boston, and pledged not to trade with Britain.

Before adjourning, the Congress resolved that another congress be held the following May if their grievances were not redressed. By the time this Second Continental Congress convened, blood had already been shed at Lexington and Concord.
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HM NumberHM66W
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Placed ByIndependence National Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:53am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487431 N 4422029
Decimal Degrees39.94830000, -75.14713333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.898', W 75° 8.828'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 53.88" N, 75° 8' 49.68" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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