Summary

Governor of Virginia (first and sixth, post-colonial America) and Founding Father.

Conflict Period:
Revolutionary War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
Birth:
29 May 1736 1
Studley, Hanover County, Virginia 1
Death:
06 Jun 1799 1
Red Hill Plantation (Charlotte County, Virginia) 1
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Full Name:
Patrick Henry 1
Birth:
29 May 1736 1
Studley, Hanover County, Virginia 1
Male 1
Death:
06 Jun 1799 1
Red Hill Plantation (Charlotte County, Virginia) 1
Cause: Stomach cancer 1
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Birth:
Mother: Sarah Winston Syme 1
Father: John Henry 1
Marriage:
Dorothea Dandridge 1
25 Oct 1777 1
Virginia 1
Spouse Death Date: 1831 1
Marriage:
Sarah Shelton 1
1754 1
Rural Plains (Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia) 1
Spouse Death Date: 1775 1
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Revolutionary War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
Service Start Date:
August 1775 1
Service End Date:
1783 1
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Quote:
"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" 1
Occupation:
Attorney, planter, politician 1
Employment:
Employer: Virginia Assembly 1
Start Date: 1780 1
End Date: 1784 1
Elected as first post-colonial Governor of Vir:
1776 1
Made colonel of 1st Virginia Regiment:
August 1775 1
Made famous speech in the VA House of Burgesses:
23 Mar 1775 1
Elected to First Continental Congress:
1774 1
Introduced Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions:
1765 1
Became qualified lawyer:
1760 1
Gained local attention from "Parson's Cause" case:
1763 1

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Famous Speech

Richmond, Virginia

Patrick Henry gave his famous "liberty or death" speech on 23 March 1775 to the House of Burgess in Virginia to argue for mobilization against the British. The full quote is: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"

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