Second Continental Congress

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ITINERANT CONGRESS

The Second Continental Congress, and then Confederation Congress (following ratification of the Articles of Confederation on 1-Mar-1781), convened at these locations:

Location Begin Date End Date
Philadelphia, PA 10-May-1775 12-Dec-1776
Baltimore, MD 20-Dec-1776 27-Feb-1777
Philadelphia, PA 4-Mar-1777 18-Sept-1777
Lancaster, PA 27-Sep-1777 27-Sep-1777
York, PA 30-Sep-1777 27-Jun-1778
Philadelphia, PA 2-Jul-1778 21-Jun-1783
Princeton, NJ 30-Jun-1783 4-Nov-1783
Annapolis, MD 26-Nov-1783 19-Aug-1784
Trenton, NJ 1-Nov-1784 24-Dec-1784
New York, NY 11-Jan 1785 2-Mar-1789

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Portrait to come. See: Wikipedia.

As in the case of his career as commander-in-chief, Washington’s most important act as president was his giving up the office. The significance of his retirement from the presidency is easily overlooked today, but his contemporaries knew what it meant. Most people assumed that Washington might be president as long as he lived, that he would be a kind of elected monarch like the king of Poland. Hence his retirement from the presidency enhanced his moral authority and set a precedent for future presidents.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)