Before the Second, there was the First Continental Congress. Delegates from each colony except Georgia made up this congress. These delegates took to a major action such as demanding an end to the Intolerable Acts and boycotting when ignored; they protested against the British and their unfair laws against them. The congress had many protests and boycotts that drew attention to important matters, against British and products.
King George III refused to consider the concerns colonial leaders had addressed in the Declaration of Resolves, so in May of 1775 of the thirteen deligates met up again in Philadelphia which became known as the Second Continental Congress.
May 10 1775 was the first meeting held by the Second Continental Congress. This meeting was held during the American Revolution. The formation of this congress was beneficial to the colonies as it enforced order and served as a stable form of government during the American Revolution.
The Second Continental Congress discussed important issues and complaints against the British and King George III. In ensuring safety and protection, the congress had a continental army formed and put George Washington in charge as he was most fit for the position; George had previous experience in military and people were hopeful that a leader from Virginia would be able to unite the colonies
In trying to boost their way toward independence, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition in July of 1775. This petition appealed directly toward King George III, and was an expression of hope and peace between Great Britain and the American Colonies. They plead for peace and independence, but the King ignored their claims and complaints saying that the colonists were being rebellious.
The Second Continental Congress was successful in gaining independence from British power and control for the American Colonies. In 1776 on July 2, the Second Congress adopted the Lee Resolution. This gave way to the Declaration of Independence that followed the Lee Resolution two days later, as this agreed to the Declaration and the contents of the declaration. This was a major success for the colonies and was a total power move on part of the Second Continental Congress as a government force.