First Continental Congress (1774)

The First Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, 1774 until October 26, 1774. The meeting was called in response to acts of the British Parliament, collectively known in the Colonies as the Intolerable Acts. Among other things, those acts closed Boston Harbor until Bostonians paid for tea destroyed during the Boston Tea Party. The First Continental Congress helped define common grievances against Great Britain and solidified colonial resolve to band together to encourage or force Parliament to address those grievances.

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Portrait of John Adams by Gilbert Stuart.

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