Who Attended The First Continental Congress?
12 among the 13 British American colonies attended the First Continental Congress.
The Congress was held from September 5th to October month’s 26th in 1774.
The place was at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state.
In this Congress, only the American colony Georgia didn’t participate.
However, there was a reason behind it.
But what was it?
Actually, the reason was, here the loyalist susceptibility towards the British Empire outweighed the patriotic mindset.
Therefore, they didn’t attend the First Continental Congress. Although, they participated in the 2nd Congress of 1775.
And hence, they also fully involved in the revolutionary war.
The 12 Colonies Who Attended The First Continental Congress
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
There were a total of 56 patriotic leaders who participated here from the 12 colonies above.
Some of The Most Important Names Are:
- George Washington (later the first president of USA)
- Patrick Henry
- Edmund Pendleton
- Richard Bland
- Peyton Randolph
- John Adams
- John Jay
- Richard Henry Lee
- Benjamin Harrison
- Samuel Adams
- John Dickinson
- Henry Middleton
- Joseph Galloway
- Edward Rutledge
- Roger Sherman, etc.
Patriotic leader Peyton Randolph was elected as the first president of the Continental Congress.
He served from September 5th to October 22nd, 1774.
However, later due to ill health, Peyton Randolph had to retire from the president’s seat.
So, then Henry Middleton elected for balancing and running the meeting till 26th October 1774.
Although, Randolph arrived back for the Second Continental Congress in 1775.
Due to his first presidency in the Congress, many historians also want to call him the first president of the United States of America.
However, the nation was still under British rule.
So, I hope, now you have got your answer on who attended the First Continental Congress.