Patrick Henry

Cade Cassell, Dylan Whitehead, Savannah Boza

His Views On The Constitution

  • Patrick Henry was aware that the new government had to be strong, but thought that the Constitution made the central government too powerful.
  • Henry feared that the south would be outvoted in congress and the north would put most of the influence on how the government was to be ran.
  • Henry refused to support the constitution because it was lacking a bill of rights\
  • Henry strongly opposed the Necessary and Proper Clause of the Constitution, and thought that it gave the government too much central power

What He Wanted To Change

  • Henry wanted the power to lay in the hands of the state
  • He wanted the Constitution to have a Bill of Rights that protected the basic freedom of the people

Influence On The Constitution

Patrick Henry did not have a lot of influence on the Constitution, but he did have a big influence on the formation of the Bill of Rights.

People Who Agreed With Henry

Natural Law

A law or body of laws that derives from nature and is believed to be binding upon human actions apart from or in conjunction with laws established by human authority.

How It Affected The Constitution

The writers of the Constitution sought to protect God - given, Creator- endowed rights, and included these in the Constitution so that these rights would be able to be sustained in society and protected under a code of law in harmony with the natural law.


Born: May 29, 1736

Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia

Education: Lawyer and Politician

Work: Elected to Virginia House of Burgess, 1765; Admitted to the Bar of the General Court in Virginia, 1769; Elected to the Continental Congress, 1774; Virginia Militia Leader, 1775; Governor of Virginia, 1776-1778, 1784.

Died: June 6, 1799

Thomas Hobbes

An Englishman who concluded in his famous book, Leviathan, that people are incapable of ruling themselves, primarily because humans are naturally self-centered and quarrelsome and need the a strong leader or government.

Brutus, no. 1

Brutus' document was written after the Constitution was written,so it did not have any influence on the writing of the Constitution. However, many of the views Brutus (thought to be Robert Yates) expresses in the document, such as his view that central government has too much power, are still supported and considered today.