The very first Continental Congress for the United States of America assembled on this day in 1774 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Continental Congress was originally a group of delegates representing the American colonies during the American Revolution. After declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776, the Continental Congress acted as the interim government as the our country established itself, with while most functions being delegated to individual states. The Continental Congress would have eight official sessions before disbanding in 1789, when the first United States Congress became the nation's legislative branch of government.
"Every man is of common right and, by the laws of God, a freeman, and entitled to the free enjoyment of liberty.” —