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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