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Continental Congress

noun, American History.
either of two legislative congresses during and after the Revolutionary War. The first was in session from September 5 to October 26, 1774, to petition the British government for a redress of grievances. The second existed from May 10, 1775, to 1789, and issued the Declaration of Independence and established the Articles of Confederation. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Adams was then in the Continental Congress, at Philadelphia.

  • Nay, my lady, you have been disrespectful to the Continental Congress, as I can vouch for.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • This was because the Continental Congress had no power to enforce its decrees.

  • Like all the votes in the Continental Congress, it was taken by colonies.

  • Will you take the oath of allegiance to Virginia and the Continental Congress?

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • "In the name of the Continental Congress," he cried, and seized his gun.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Perhaps we shall find tokens of all the Continental Congress.

    Fernley House Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for Continental Congress

Continental Congress

the assembly of delegates from the North American rebel colonies held during and after the War of American Independence. It issued the Declaration of Independence (1776) and framed the Articles of Confederation (1777)
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Continental Congress definition

An assembly of delegates from the thirteen colonies (soon to become the thirteen states). It governed during the Revolutionary War and under the Articles of Confederation. The Continental Congress first met in 1774, before the revolution. When it reconvened in 1775, it organized for war against Britain and eventually passed the Declaration of Independence.

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