Wednesday, July 2, 2008
1776 - The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence
The Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence, was an act of the Second Continental Congress declaring the Thirteen Colonies to be independent of the British Empire. First proposed on June 7, 1776, by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, after receiving instructions from the Virginia Convention and its President, Edmund Pendleton (in fact Lee used, almost verbatim, the language from the instructions in his resolution). Voting on the resolution was delayed for several weeks while support for independence was consolidated. Meanwhile, a Committee of Five was appointed to prepare a document to explain the reasons for independence. The resolution was finally approved on July 2, 1776. The text of the document formally announcing this action, the United States Declaration of Independence, was approved on July 4.