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Members of 1st Continental Congress, 1770 - 1774

On Monday, the 5th of September, there were present in the Carpenter's Hall (yet standing) forty-four delegates. These were:

* from New Hampshire:
        John Sullivan, Nathaniel Folsom;

* from Massachusetts:
        Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine;

* from Rhode Island:
        Stephen Hopkins, Samuel Ward;

* from Connecticut:
        Eliphalet Dyer, Roger Sherman, Silas Deane;

* from New York:
        James Duane, John Jay, Philip Livingston, Isaac Low, William Floyd;

* from New Jersey:
        James Kinsey, William Livingston, John Hart, Stephen Crane, Richard Smith;

* from Pennsylvania:
        Joseph Galloway, Samuel Rhodes, Thomas Mifflin, Charles Humphreys, John Morton, Edward Biddle;

* from Delaware:
        Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean, George Read;

* from Maryland:
        Robert Goldsborough, William Paca, Samuel Chase;

* from Virginia:
        Peyton Randolph, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Bland, Benjamin Harrison, Edmund Pendleton;

* from South Carolina:
        Henry Middleton, John Rutledge, Christopher Gadsden, Thomas Lynch, Edward Rutledge.

Others came soon afterward--

* from New York:
        John Alsop, Henry Wisner;

* from Pennsylvania:
        George Ross, John Dickinson;

* from Maryland:
        Thomas Johnson, Matthew Tighlman;

* from Virginia:
        Richard Henry Lee;

* from North Carolina:
        William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, Richard Caswell.

...making the whole number fifty-four.

They chose Peyton Randolph to be their President. He was an eminent lawyer, who had been educated at William, Mary College; was the king's Attorney-General for Virginia sixteen years before; had taken a decided stand against the ministry at the beginning of resistance; had recently been Speaker of the Virginia Assembly, and was a popular citizen. He was then fifty-one years of age.

They chose for their Secretary, Charles Thomson, a native of Ireland, who, in early life, had emigrated to Delaware, but was then a citizen of Philadelphia, of character, fortune. Dr. Franklin was his friend, and he was a good classical scholar. He had lived a bachelor until that week, when he was about forty-five years of age. Just as he was alighting from his chaise, with his bride--an heiress of much property--a messenger came to him from the Congress, saying: "They want you at Carpenters' Hall to keep the minutes of their proceedings, as you are very expert at that business." Thomson complied with their request, and very soon took his seat as Secretary of the Continental Congress; and he remained sole Secretary of that body during its entire existence of almost fifteen years. John Adams wrote in his diary, that Charles Thomson was "the Samuel Adams of Philadelphia; the life of the cause of liberty."

Taken from http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/Our_Country_vol_2/listmembe_ea.html


Members of 2nd Continental Congress, 1775

* from Connecticut:
        Silas Deane, Eliphalet Dyer, Roger Sherman;

* from Delaware:
        Thomas McKean, George Read, Caesar Rodney;

* from Georgia:
        Archibald Bulloch, Lyman Hall, John Houstoun, John J. Zubly;

* from Maryland:
        Samuel Chase, Robert Goldsborough, John Hall, Thomas Johnson, William Paca, John Rogers, Thomas Stone, Matthew Tilghman;

* from Massachusetts:
        John Adams, Samuel Adams, Thomas Cushing, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine;

* from New Hampshire:
        Josiah Bartlett, John Langdon, John Sullivan;

* from New Jersey:
        Stephen Crane, John De Hart, James Kinsey, William Livingston, Richard Smith;

* from New York:
        John Alsop, Simon Boerum, George Clinton, James Duane, William Floyd, John Jay, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston, Lewis Morris, Philip Schyler, Henry Wisner;

* from North Carolina:
        Richard Caswell, Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, John Penn;

* from Pennsylvania:
        Andrew Allen, Edward Biddle, John Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Humphreys, Thomas Mifflin, John Morton, George Ross, Thomas Willing, James Wilson;

* from Rhode Island:
        Stephen Hopkins, Samuel Ward;

* from South Carolina:
        Christopher Gadsden, Thomas Lynch Sr., Hanry Middleton, Edward Rutledge, John Rutledge;

* from Virginia:
        Richard Bland, Benjamin Harrison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Nelson Jr., Edmund Pendleton, Peyton Randolph, George Washington, George Wythe.

Taken from http://www.patriotresource.com/history/congress/1775.html


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