Pennsylvania: Polity Style: 1776-2016

4/14 Mar 1682 constituted as a proprietary colony of England under the name of Province of Pennsylvania by Royal Charter dated 4/14 Mar 1682 [Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania, 1:303]
4/14 Mar 1682 - 25 Jul 1776 Province of Pennsylvania
2 Jul 1776 a resolution in favour of independence of the British colonies in North America is passed, session of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Journals of the Continental Congress, 5:507]
4 Jul 1776 Declaration of Independence is approved, session of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Journals of the Continental Congress, 5:510-515]
16 Jul 1776 allegiance to the King of Great Britain is rejected in an oath taken by the members of the Convention held in Philadelphia starting 15 Jul 1776 [Journals of the House of Representatives, 50]
25 Jul 1776 declaration of independence of 4 Jul 1776 is approved by the Convention as "representatives of the freemen of the state of Pennsylvania" [Journals of the House of Representatives, 56]
25 Jul 1776 - 28 Sep 1776 State of Pennsylvania [1]
28 Sep 1776 Constitution of Pennsylvania is approved by the Convention [Journals of the House of Representatives, 89-95]
28 Sep 1776 - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania [2]
5 Mar 1778 an instrument authorising the delegates of Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress "to accede to, ratify, confirm, and agree to" the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (approved by the General Assembly 5 Mar 1778 at Lancaster) [Journals of the House of Representatives, 189-193; Journals of the Continental Congress, 11:668]
1 Mar 1781 forms a part of the United States as a confederation and retains sovereignty and independence upon the taking effect of the "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union" [Journals of the Continental Congress, 19:213-223]
4 Mar 1789 forms a part of the United States as a federal republic when the central government is organised with the meeting of the U.S. Congress in New York [Annals of Congress, House of Representatives, 1st Congress, 1st Session, 100; Annals of Congress, Senate, 1st Congress, 1st Session, 16]

[1] State of Pennsylvania was the name in official use until the adoption of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (28 Sep 1776); it was first documented in a resolution (25 Jul 1776) of the Convention for approval and support of the Declaration of Independence of 4 Jul 1776, and featured in several ordinnances and A Declaration of Rights of the Inhabitants of the State of Pennsylvania (16 Aug 1776).
[2] Constitution of 1776 (in force until 7 Dec 1790) used the style "Commonwealth or State of Pennsylvania" in some articles.
Last updated on: 10 Apr 2016 00:23:02