Congress of the Confederation

  • congress of the confederation
    coat of arms or logo
    great seal of the united states (1782)
    type
    type
    unicameral
    term limits
    3 years in 6 year period
    history
    establishedmarch 1, 1781
    disbandedmarch 3, 1789
    preceded by2nd continental congress
    succeeded byunited states congress (1st)
    leadership
    president of congress
    samuel huntington (first)
    cyrus griffin (last)
    structure
    seatsvariable, ~50
    committeescommittee of the states
    committeescommittee of the whole
    length of term
    1 year
    salarynone
    elections
    last election
    1788
    meeting place
    pennsylvania state house
    (present-day independence hall),
    philadelphia, pennsylvania (first)
    city hall (present-day federal hall)
    new york, new york (last)
    constitution
    articles of confederation
    footnotes
    though there were about 50 members of the congress at any given time, each state delegation voted en bloc, with each state having a single vote.

    the congress of the confederation, or the confederation congress, formally referred to as the united states in congress assembled, was the governing body of the united states of america that existed from march 1, 1781, to march 4, 1789. a unicameral body with legislative and executive function, it was composed of delegates appointed by the legislatures of the several states. each state delegation had one vote. it was preceded by the second continental congress (1775–1781) and was created by the articles of confederation and perpetual union in 1781.

    the congress continued to refer itself as the continental congress throughout its eight-year history, although modern historians separate it from the two earlier congresses, which operated under slightly different rules and procedures until the later part of american revolutionary war.[1] the membership of the second continental congress automatically carried over to the congress of the confederation when the latter was created by the ratification of the articles of confederation, and had the same secretary as the second continental congress, charles thomson.

    the congress of the confederation was succeeded by the congress of the united states as provided for in the new united states constitution, proposed september 17, 1787, in philadelphia and adopted by the united states in 1788.[2]

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Congress of the Confederation
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
3 years in 6 year period
History
EstablishedMarch 1, 1781
DisbandedMarch 3, 1789
Preceded by2nd Continental Congress
Succeeded byUnited States Congress (1st)
Leadership
Structure
SeatsVariable, ~50
CommitteesCommittee of the States
CommitteesCommittee of the Whole
Length of term
1 year
SalaryNone
Elections
Last election
1788
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State House
(present-day Independence Hall),
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (first)
City Hall (present-day Federal Hall)
New York, New York (last)
Constitution
Articles of Confederation
Footnotes
Though there were about 50 members of the Congress at any given time, each state delegation voted en bloc, with each state having a single vote.

The Congress of the Confederation, or the Confederation Congress, formally referred to as the United States in Congress Assembled, was the governing body of the United States of America that existed from March 1, 1781, to March 4, 1789. A unicameral body with legislative and executive function, it was composed of delegates appointed by the legislatures of the several states. Each state delegation had one vote. It was preceded by the Second Continental Congress (1775–1781) and was created by the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union in 1781.

The Congress continued to refer itself as the Continental Congress throughout its eight-year history, although modern historians separate it from the two earlier congresses, which operated under slightly different rules and procedures until the later part of American Revolutionary War.[1] The membership of the Second Continental Congress automatically carried over to the Congress of the Confederation when the latter was created by the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, and had the same secretary as the Second Continental Congress, Charles Thomson.

The Congress of the Confederation was succeeded by the Congress of the United States as provided for in the new United States Constitution, proposed September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia and adopted by the United States in 1788.[2]