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.

George Washington ordered his overseers to begin the 1767 wheat harvest on June 24, a hot, cloudy Saturday at the end of a dry week. Thus began twenty days of unrelenting exertion for Mount Vernon’s slaves and no little anxiety for their master, who for the first time had given over his holding almost entirely to the cultivation of grain. Much depended on the success of this experiment, which was a crucial element in Washington’s scheme to free himself of the debts he had accumulated over the years of failing to produce tobacco that would sell on London’s finicky market. Rich as he was in land, he feared that, like so many of his fellow planters, he too would become permanently dependent on his English merchant creditors. It was a fate he dreaded above all, for to suffer it meant that he would lose the essence of a gentleman’s character, independence, and with it the capacity to behave in a truly virtuous way.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)