John Hancock Resigns as the President of the Continental Congress

The Continental Congress, also known as the Philadelphia Congress, was a convention of delegates called together from the 13 Colonies.  First elected to the Continental Congress in 1774 as a delegate from Massachusetts, Hancock became its president upon the resignation of Peyton Randolph in May 1775.

Due to illness, on this day, October 29th, in 1777, John Hancock resigned his position as president of the Continental Congress.

As the president of the Continental Congress, Hancock presided over some of the most historic moments of the American Revolution, culminating in the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.

After hiss resignation, Hancock left Philadelphia and returned to his home state of Massachusetts.  There he continued his work in public service.


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