Participants of the Stamp Act Congress
Representatives from nine colonies attended the Stamp Act Congress.
From Massachusetts: James Otis, Samuel Adams, Oliver Partridge and Timothy Ruggles.
From Rhode Island: Henry Ward and Metcalf Bowler
From Connecticut: William Johnson, Eliphalet Dyer and David Rowland.
From New York: Phillip Livingston, William Bayard, John Cruger, Robert Livingston and Leonard Lispinard.
From Pennsylvania: John Morton, George Bryan and John Dickinson.
From New Jersey: Hendrick Fisher, Robert Ogden and Joseph Gordon.
From Delaware: Caesar Rodney and Thomas McKean.
From Maryland: Edward Tilghman, Thomas Ringgold and William Murdock.
From South Carolina: John Rutledge, Thomas Lynch and Christopher Gadsden.
Secretary: John Cotton
President: Timothy Ruggles from Massachusetts.
A tax paid on legal documents such as bills of sale, wills, contracts and paper printed for official documents, newspapers, pamphlets, posters and even playing cards.
The colonial population realized that they had to be involved in the political process in order to be economically independent and set a pattern of resistance that led to the American independence.
The mercantilistic economic policy of Britain led the Americans to develop their own economic ideology which led to the Independence War, a separation of America from the oppressive motherland.
Official document of the resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress
The Stamp Act never took effect as violence and intimidation left the colonies without stamp officials, while the boycott of British goods led the Prime Minister Marquis of Rockingham to nullify the Stamp Act in 1766.
Interesting facts about the Stamp Act.