Lexington, MA — Completed in 1737 by John Hancock's grandfather, the house is now a museum. On the night of Paul Revere's April 1775 ride John Hancock and Samuel Adams were awakened there with news of the advancing British troops.
The First Congress faced a unique challenge, and those congressmen and senators who gathered in New York in the spring of 1789 were awed by what lay ahead of them. Not only would members of the Congress have to pass some promised amendments to the new Constitution, but they would have to fill out the bare framework of a government that the Philadelphia Convention had created, including the organization of the executive and judicial departments. Some therefore saw the First Congress as something in the nature of a second constitutional convention.
— Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)
Today in the Revolution ...
The General Assembly of Rhode Island authorizes enlistment of slaves.
Richard Stockton, U.S. attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence for New Jersey, dies at age 50.
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