President Continental Congress #6, John Jay


This John Jay History Mug is one of a collection of the Presidents of the Continental and Confederation Congresses biographical mugs.  An image of John Jay and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Jay was an American statesman, patriot, diplomat, signatory of the Treaty of Paris, and governor of New York.  He served as the 6th President of the Continental Congress.  Jay co-authored The Federalist Papers and advocated for a stronger central government than the one dictated by the Articles of Confederation.  Though a slaveholder, he helped enact a law to emancipate slaves and abolish slavery in NY.  Jay was the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1784 to 1789 and became acting Secretary of State when the department changed its name.  He declined Washington’s offer to become the first Secretary of State and was instead appointed as the first Chief Justice of the United States.

The First Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 – October 26, 1774

In September 1774, delegates from 12 colonies, except Georgia, met at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia, as the First Continental Congress.  They organized colonial resistance to the Intolerable Acts passed by the British Parliament.  Congress issued a Declaration of Rights, affirming loyalty to the British Crown, but disputing the British Parliament’s right to tax without representation in parliament, and passed the Articles of Association, calling for the colonies to stop importing goods from the British if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed.  They agreed to meet again in May of 1775 as the Second Continental Congress.

The Second Continental Congress, May 10, 1775 – March 1781

In 1775, the Second Continental Congress professed loyalty to the Crown but took steps to preserve its rights.  On June 14, 1775, it created the Continental Army and named George Washington as its commander.  In July of 1775, it issued the Declaration of Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms.  This was coupled with the Olive Branch Petition, which the king dismissed.  In July of 1776, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution asserting independence.  In 1777, it drafted the Articles of Confederation, but these were not ratified until 1781.  The Articles established the United States as a collection of 13 sovereign states.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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