Patrick Henry

By: Kyle Loshelder

Who is he?

Patrick Henry was a patriot ,and he was born May 29, 1730 in Hanover County, Virginia. He studied to be a lawyer and a politician. He had a lot of influence on other people's thoughts. He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1765. Then in 1774 he was elected to the first continental congress ,and he was the Virginia militia leader in 1775. In 1775 he also gave his famous give me liberty or give me death speech where he said "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!". He governed Virginia from 1776-1778 ,and in 1784.