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First Continental Congress

 
 
First Continental Congress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. First Continental Congress Marker
Inscription. The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New yorkers, New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian but an American.—Patrick Henry, Carpenters' Hall, 1774

In 1774 the American colonies felt threatened. Their grievances against Great Britain were being ignored. Was it finally time for resistance, or was reconciliation still possible?

The First Continental Congress met here in Carpenters' Hall in the autumn of 1774 to choose a course of action. Led by John and Sam Adams, and inspired by the fiery speeches of Patrick Henry, representatives of the Colonies united to defend American rights. They appealed to the King and the British people to repeal unjust laws and taxes. They condemned the closing of the port of Boston, and pledged not to trade with Britain.

Before adjourning, the Congress resolved that another congress be held the following May if their grievances were not redressed. By the time this Second Continental Congress convened, blood had already been shed at Lexington and Concord.
 
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
 
Location. 39° 56.898′ N, 75° 8.828′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached
Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Drawing on Marker
Artist conception of Virginia delegate Patrick Henry (center) conferring with Massachusettes delegates John Adams and Samuel Adams outside Carpenters' Hall. In a letter to hsi wife Abigail, John Adams wrote, "There is in Congress a collection of the greatest men upon this continent in point of abilities, virtures and fortunes."
from Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the entrance path to Carpenters' Hall just east of 4th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carpenters' Hall (a few steps from this marker); New Hall (a few steps from this marker); Quaker School Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker Meeting House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fawcitt House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Bank of the United States (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Street Scene in the Capital City (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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South side of Carpenters' Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. South side of Carpenters' Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 978 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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