TIME LINE                              EXCERPTS                                       KEY DATES





1682 - William Penn established Pennsylvania with Philadelphia as its major city for The Quakers.



1683 - The Mennonite families from Rhineland founded the settlement of Germantown.



1760 - 1790 - Though he was born in Boston, Benjamin Franklin became known as Philadelphia’s most famous citizen.  He started a newspaper, was an inventor, postmaster and a member of The Continental Congress.  He also launched “Poor Richard’s Almanac” among his many other accomplishments.



1774 - The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



1775 - The second Continental Congress meets and appoints George Washington to lead The Revolutionary Army.



1776 - July 4 - The Declaration of Independence is formally adopted by Congress.



1787 - The Constitutional Convention meets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with George Washington as president of the convention. 



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