A naval force was established by the Continental Congress
when it authorized construction of two warships, increasing the number of four on Oct.
Born in Boston (January 1, 1735), he was a successful silversmith and artisan prior to the French and Indian War (1754-1763); during that conflict, he participated in the Crown Point expedition as a lieutenant of artillery (August-September 1756); he became involved with the Sons of Liberty and organized and participated in the Boston Tea Party (1773); appointed courier of the Massachussetts Provisional Congress to the Continental Congress
(1774); rode to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (December 1774) to warn patriots of British Gen.
Adams was a member of the Continental Congress
(1774-81) and governor of Massachusetts (1794-97).
After serving in the Continental Congress
and as joint commissioner in making peace with Great Britain, Jay was secretary of foreign affairs under the Confederation.
Hess, today senior fellow emeritus in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, as a young man, took a gander at The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress in 1957, which listed every legislator since the Continental Congress
of 1774, and discovered the repetition of some names he had never heard of, like Muhlenberg, Frelinghuysen, and Stockton.
In responding to the objection, the collective sense of the Continental Congress
was that America could not fight two wars at once--the external war against Great Britain and the internal war against slavery.
Whereas renditions of what transpired in Philadelphia in 1787 appear often, the inside story of the Continental Congress
, the focus here, is rarely told.
In 1776, members of the Continental Congress
began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
The Department of Justice submitted a brief, stating: "Throughout its history, and dating back to the first session of the Continental Congress
in 1774, the United States Congress has appointed chaplains to open each legislative day with a prayer."
Phillips, author of many historical works, continues his investigation of grassroots America in this study of the important events of 1775, the year that the Continental Congress
first met and American Patriots began to capture British forts.
Rough Journal of the Continental Congress