What Happened in Philadelphia History 1774

Philadelphia History 1774 (Photo: Visit Philly)

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Philadelphia Historic Timeline -1774: The First Continental Congress convenes in the newly constructed Carpenters’ Hall, 320 Chestnut Street. In one session, Patrick Henry declares, “I am not a Virginian, but an American.” The First Congress ends its meetings by agreeing to meet again the following spring. 1774: The First Continental Congress convenes in the newly constructed Carpenters’ Hall, 320 Chestnut Street. In one session, Patrick Henry declares, “I am not a Virginian, but an American.” The First Congress ends its meetings by agreeing to meet again the following spring.


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George Washington attends the First Continental Congress. In September, he enjoys a dinner hosted by Benjamin Chew, a customer of John Ross, upholsterer. The next day, Washington visits the Ross upholstery shop and commissions bed furniture stitched from yards of calico and muslin. Wife Betsy Griscom Ross likely sews the bed curtains, mattresses and other fabric accouterments for her husband’s upholstery business.

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Paul Revere rides into Philadelphia with the Suffolk Resolves. They denounce the Coercive Acts of Parliament, call for the formation of militia units and a complete cessation of trade with England. He delivers the news at City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street.
Thomas Paine arrives in Philadelphia and takes a room near the London Coffee House, also the site of Philadelphia’s slave market near Front and Market Streets.

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Deborah Franklin dies after suffering a stroke. She has not seen her husband since 1764.

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