Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) 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.
|1st & 6th Governor of Virginia|
1776 – 1779
1784 – 1786
|Preceded by||First Governor|
Benjamin Harrison V (1784)
|Succeeded by||Thomas Jefferson (1779)|
Edmund Randolph (1786)
|Born||May 29, 1736|
Hanover County, Virginia
|Died||June 6, 1799 (aged 63)|
|Profession||Lawyer, 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.
Patrick Henry Media
View of Rural Plains near Totopotomoy Creek in Virginia. Henry was reportedly married to Sarah Shelton in the parlor.
Patrick Henry Arguing the Parson's Cause by George Cooke
Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses (1851) by Peter F. Rothermel
Currier & Ives depiction of Henry giving his famous speech
Boulder and plaque marking former location of Leatherwood Plantation in Henry County, Virginia
Graves of Patrick Henry and his wife Dorothea in the family burying ground at Red Hill. Henry's inscription reads, "His fame his best epitaph".
- "Who is Patrick Henrys wife". Answers.com.
- "Patrick Henry Timeline". Patrick Henry National Memorial. Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
- 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