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The Albany Congress, also known as The Conference of Albany, was a meeting appointed by the United Kingdom that took place in Albany, New York, in 1754 between the representatives of the Thirteen Colonies during the Seven Years' War. Among the issues discussed was the desire to improve relations with the Native American tribes, as well as common defensive measures against the French due to the outbreak of the French and Indian War.
During the conference, a member of the Pennsylvanian delegation, Benjamin Franklin, suggested for the first time the idea of the unification of the colonies, ruled by a president elected by the British Crown. Although the idea was rejected, it would eventually be reconsidered and adopted following the American Revolution. The format of the meeting would later provide a model for both Continental Congresses.