Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799)[2] served as the first post-colonial Governor of Virginia from 1776 to 1779. He is known for his "Give me Liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 shortly before the American Revolutionary War in St. John's Church. He was a fiery speaker who evoked great emotion from listeners. He unsuccessfully opposed the United States Constitution, which made him an enemy of John Adams and the Federalist Party. After the French Revolution, however, he supported Adams.

Patrick Henry
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1st & 6th Governor of Virginia
In office
1776 – 1779
1784 – 1786
Preceded byFirst Governor
Benjamin Harrison V (1784)
Succeeded byThomas Jefferson (1779)
Edmund Randolph (1786)
Personal details
Born(1736-05-29)May 29, 1736
Hanover County, Virginia
DiedJune 6, 1799(1799-06-06) (aged 63)
Brookneal, Virginia
Spouse(s)Sarah Henry[1]
ProfessionLawyer, planter, politician

His wife, Sarah Shelton, had a mental illness and died in 1775. He married his second wife, Dorthea Dandrige, two years later in 1777.

As governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry since 1776, he was one of the main architects of the requests for aid to the nascent United States, for which, in 1776 he requested support from the governor of Louisiana, Luis de Unzaga, key help for this birth.[3]

Patrick Henry Media


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  2. "Patrick Henry Timeline". Patrick Henry National Memorial. Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. Cazorla, Frank (2019), Governor Luis de Unzaga (1717-1793) Precursor in the birth of the United States and in liberalism. Malaga Foundation / City Council. page 89