Quick Facts About Albany Congress
The Albany Congress was a conference called by British officials for the purpose of improving relations between the American colonies and the Iroquois Confederation.
The Albany Congress met from June 19, 1754 through July 11, in Albany, New York.
Representatives of seven colonies attended the Congress — Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Colonial commissioners and Iroquois leaders concluded a treaty that was only moderately successful once the French and Indian War began.
On June 19, Benjamin Franklin proposed the Albany Plan of Union to form a permanent federation of the colonies as a means to reform colonial-imperial relations, and to more effectively address shared colonial interests.
Commissioners to the Albany Congress approved the Albany Plan of Union on July 10, 1754.
The Albany Plan of Union was rejected by King George II and by all of the individual colonial governments that considered its adoption.
The Albany Congress and the Albany Plan of Union were significant milestones in American history, as they marked the first official attempts to develop inter-colonial cooperation among the American colonies.