Patrick Henry - (1736 - 1799)

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Patrick Henry Biography

"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" were the burning words which fell from the lips of Patrick Henry, at the beginning of the War for Independence, and aroused the Continent to more vigorous and united action.1 He was the son of a Virginia planter in Hanover county, and was born on the 29th of May, 1736. At the age of ten years he was taken from school, and commenced the study of Latin in his father's house. He had some taste for mathematics, but a love of idleness, as manifested by his frequent hunting and fishing excursions, for sport, and utter aversion to mental labor, gave prophecies of a useless life. At twenty-one years of age, he engaged in trade, but neglect of business soon brought bankruptcy. He had married at eighteen, and passed most of his time in idleness at the tavern of his father-in-law, in Hanover, where he often served customers at the bar. As a last resort, he studied law diligently for six weeks, obtained a license to practice, but he was twenty-seven years
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Patrick Henry Genealogy

John Henry (1704 - 1773)
Sarah Winston Henry (1710 - 1784)

Sarah Shelton Henry (1738 - 1775)
Dorothea Spotswood Dandridge Henry (1757 - 1831)

Martha Henry Fontaine (1755 - 1818)
John Henry (1757 - 1791)
William Henry (1763 - 1798)
Anne Henry Roane (1767 - 1799)
Elizabeth Henry Aylett (1769 - 1842)
Edward Patrick Henry (1771 - 1794)
Dorothea Spotswood Henry Winston (1778 - 1854)
Sarah Butler Henry Campbell Scott (1780 - 1856)
Martha Catharina Henry Henry (1781 - 1801)
Patrick Henry (1783 - 1804)
Fayette Henry (1785 - 1813)
Alexander Spotswood Henry (1788 - 1854)
Nathaniel West Henry (1790 - 1851)
Richard Henry (1792 - 1793)
Edward Winston Henry (1794 - 1872)
John Henry (1796 - 1868)
Jane Robertson Henry (1798 - 1798)

John Syme (1710 - 1731)
John Syme (1729 - 1805)
Mary Jane Henry Meredith (1738 - 1819)
Anne Henry Christian (1738 - 1790)
Susannah Henry Madison (1742 - 1831)
Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell (1749 - 1825)
Agatha Agnes Henry Maxwell (1770 - 1851)

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Patrick Henry said "Give me Liberty or Give Me Death"
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1775 03/23   Patrick Henry delivers the "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech  [URL]
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Anti-Federalist Papers 1787 - 1788
Anti-Federalist Papers is the collective name given to the scattered writings of those Americans who during the late 1780s to early 1790s opposed to or who raised doubts about the merits of a firmer and more energetic union as embodied in the 1787 United
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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death - Speech 03-23-1775
Full text of the speech by Patrick Henry. Give me liberty, or give me death! is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention in 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, he is credited with having swung
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It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth - and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and the provide for it.

Patrick Henry: speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
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I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian Religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling they would have been rich; and if they had not that and I had given them all the world, they would be poor.

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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government...

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Quote 814 details Share on Google+ - Quote 814 Linked In Share Button - Quote 814 There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston. The ware is inevitable. And let it come! I repeat it, sire, let it come! It is vain, sir to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen my cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that surveys from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand idle here? Is life so dark 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!

Patrick Henry: speaking to the Virginia legislature, march 23, 1775

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There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free - if we mean to preserve inviolate these inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending - if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained - we must fight! - I repeat it sir, we must fight!! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts, is all that is left us!

Patrick Henry: speech to the Virginia Convention, march 23, 1775
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