The Industrial Congress was founded in 1845, at which time a constitution was approved. The organization's founding principles included the inalienable rights to life, education, and property. The organization, which did not claim to be a political party, sought to establish a hierarchy of associations to sustain its principles.
The Pennsylvania chapter, in order to clarify the group's principles, adopted a set of objects as follow: 1) Limitations on the amount of land a person could own; 2) exemption of homesteads from mortgages or debt; 3) provide free public land to settlers; 4) restrictions on labor to 10 hours in any day; and 5) requirement that all members will only vote for candidates who sign a pledge to the group's objectives.
The IC National Convention, 1848
The Industrial Congress held its only national nominating convention on 6/7-10/1848 in the Wilbur Fisk Hall, Sixth and Haines Streets, Philadelphia PA. The convention was called for the same time as the Whig National Convention, held elsewhere in the city.
On the first day, the convention was organized. David Bryant of Boston was chosen to preside. After a lengthy presentation of credentials, the convention discussed how to proceed regarding the upcoming presidential election.
The second day was primarily taken up by a discussion of the 1848 election. A group called the National Reformers sought to nominate a separate and independent ticket. The ot