Stamp Act Congress Quick Facts

October 7, 1765–October 25, 1765

Quick Facts About Stamp Act Congress

June 8, 1765, the Massachusetts Assembly sent a circular letter to the legislatures of the other colonies inviting them to send delegates to a congress in New York to “;consult together on the present circumstances of the colonies”;.

On October 7, 1765, delegates from 9 of the 13 colonies assembled at a meeting in New York, known as the Stamp Act Congress, to discuss the Stamp Act.

The Stamp Act Congress met from October 7 to October 25, 1765.

Proceedings of the Stamp Act Congress were conducted in secret.

On October 19, 1765 the Stamp Act Congress adopted a Declaration of Rights and Grievances, which stated among other things that 1) only the colonial assemblies had a right to tax the colonies, 2) trial by jury was a right, and the use of Admiralty Courts was abusive 3) colonists possessed all the Rights of Englishmen, and 4) without voting rights, Parliament could not represent the colonists.

The Stamp Act Congress was the first unified meeting of the American colonies to respond to British colonial policies.

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  • Article Title Stamp Act Congress Quick Facts
  • Coverage October 7, 1765–October 25, 1765
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  • Keywords stamp act congress
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date March 29, 2020
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 13, 2018

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