1765-1776: Revolutionary Milestones
1765 Stamp Act
In 1765 the British Parliament passed an act commonly called The Stamp Act that infuriated American colonists. Resisting the Act was the first incremental step on the road to the American Revolution. Cries of “taxation without representation” and attacks on stamp agents led to the repeal of the Act on March 18, 1766.
American Colonists Revolt
In 1775 the Revolutionary War began. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. On that same day, lawyer William Bant sent this letter to the first signer—John Hancock.
The first person to sign the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress.