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- The First Continental Congress met from September 5, 1774, to October 26, 1774.
- The Second Continental Congress met from May 10, 1775, to the ratification of the Articles of Confederation on March 1, 1781.
Upon the ratification of the Articles, the United States was formed, and the Continental Congress was succeeded by the first legislative government of the United States:
- The Congress of the Confederation or the United States in Congress Assembled ran from March 1, 1781, until the government under the Constitution became operative on March 4, 1789. The membership of the Second Continental Congress automatically carried over to the Congress of the Confederation.
Initially formed to coordinate a common American response to the Intolerable Acts, the Continental Congress rapidly became the governing body of a military alliance as the dispute with the British government escalated into the American Revolutionary War. Once the war ended, the members of the Congress served as the governing body of the United States of America, reorganized as a new national legislature.da:Kontinentale kongres de:Kontinentalkongress fr:Congrès continental ka:კონტინენტალური კონგრესი he:הקונגרס הקונטיננטלי nl:Continental Congress no:Den kontinentale kongress pl:Kongres Kontynentalny sv:Kontinentala kongressen zh:大陆会议