May 9, 1775 – As Delegates arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress, they informally gathered at places which they knew were amenable to political discussion – Taverns. Two of the most popular among delegates were the City Tavern and the Indian Queen. Located at fourth Street and Franklin Court the Tavern was also a hotel and several delegates made it their temporary residence. It served the same purpose in 1787, when in a ‘backroom’ style deal several delegates hammered out the ‘Connecticut Compromise’ which resulted in creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Similarly, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, was agreed upon in the same manner; its effects still seen today with the grids of one square mile covering nearly all of Fly-over country.

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