Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.

Henry led the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765 and is remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is regarded as one of the most influential champions of Republicanism and an invested promoter of the American Revolution and its fight for independence.

After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. He opposed the United States Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States as well as the freedoms of individuals; he helped gain adoption of the Bill of Rights. By 1798 however, he supported President John Adams and the Federalists; he denounced passage of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions as he feared the social unrest and widespread executions that had followed the increasing radicalism of the French Revolution.

As a married man, Henry was an expanding landowner. By 1779, along with his cousin and her husband, Henry owned a 10,000-acre (40 km2) plantation known by the name of Leatherwood. He is also recorded to have purchased up to 78 slaves. In 1794 he and his wife retired to Red Hill Plantation, which had 520-acre (2.1 km2) in Charlotte County that was also a functioning tobacco plantation.

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I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.
Patrick Henry (1736-1799), U.S. statesman. Speech, March 23, 1775, Virginia House of Delegates, Richmond. quoted in Patrick Henry, pt. 4, William Wirt (1818).
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.
Patrick Henry (1736-1799), U.S. statesman. Speech, March 23, 1775, Virginia House of Delegates, Richmond. Quoted in William Wirt, Patrick Henry (1818).

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He is known for saying " give me liberty or give me death.
Patrick Henry 18 Apr 2018 07:37
With his persuasive and passionate speeches, famed patriot Patrick Henry helped kickstart the American Revolution. He was born in Hanover County, Virginia, on a plantation that belonged to his mother's family.... At the age of 15, Henry ran a store for his father.Apr 27,2017