THE first Continental Congress, formed while the thirteen colonies were yet under British dominion, exerted no political influence, and had no part in the government of the United States, for it dissolved before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It met in Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., September 5, 1774, and adjourned October 26, the same year. The second Congress assembled at the Pennsylvania State House, Philadelphia, May 10, 1775, and on July 4, 1776, adopted the Declaration of Independence.

The third Congress was held at Baltimore, tod., beginning December 20, 1776. The fourth Congress opened at Philadelphia, March 4, 1777. The fifth Congress began its session at Lancaster, Pa., September 27, 1777.

The sixth Congress met at York, Pa., September 30, 1777.

The seventh Congress gathered at Philadelphia, July 2, 1778.

The eighth Congress was held at Princeton, N. J., June 30, 1783.

The ninth Congress opened at Annapolis, Md., November 26, 1783, and here, December 23, 1783, Washington resigned his office of commander-in-chief of the army.

The tenth Congress began at Trenton, N. J., November 1, 1784.

The eleventh Congress assembled at the City Hall, in New York, January 11, 1785, where the new government was organized, and Washington, the first president, was inaugurated in 1789. The Federal capital remained at New York until 1790.

Congress met again at Philadelphia, December 6, 1790, and the seat of government remained here until 1800, at which time the Federal capital was permanently established at Washington, D. C., Congress first assembling in that city November 17, 1800.