You know several members of the First Continental Congress from school – John Adams, John Jay, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. If you drink beer, you know another member – Samuel Adams. But there were more, 50 more.
The idea of a meeting such as this was floated a year earlier by Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin, but it took the closing of Boston Harbor by the British and the following Boston Tea Party 1To protest the The Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767, a secret group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, organized by future Congress member Samuel Adams, quietly boarded 3 ships (The Dartmouth, the Elenor and the Beaver) on December 16, 1773 and threw most of the contents of each ship into the harbor. It totaled around £10,000 worth of merchandise. to get the ball really rolling. The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia’s Carpenters Hall on September 5, 1774. Of the 12 colonies, only 12 sent delegates, as Georgia was beset by problems with Indians and needed help from the British military to put down the problems.
So…you know those few men that you had to know for school, but what about the other ones? Here they are from the First Continental Congress –
From the Province of New Hampshire
From the Province of Massachusetts Bay
Robert Treat Paine
From the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
From the Connecticut Colony
From the Province of New York
County of Kings
County of Orange
County of Suffolk
From the Province of New Jersey
John De Hart
From the Province of Pennsylvania
From New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware
From the Colony and Dominion of Virginia
Benjamin Harrison V
Richard Henry Lee
From the Province of North Carolina
From the Province of South Carolina
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Possibly next – the members of the Second Continental Congress. 2The list of these men can pretty much be found anywhere, but for little tidbits about this piece I got a few facts from U-S-History.com.