Patrick Henry

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Patrick Henry
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1st & 6th Governor of Virginia
In office
1776 – 1779
1784 – 1786
Preceded by First Governor
Benjamin Harrison V (1784)
Succeeded by Thomas Jefferson (1779)
Edmund Randolph (1786)
Personal details
Born (1736-05-29)May 29, 1736
Hanover County, Virginia
Died June 6, 1799(1799-06-06) (aged 63)
Brookneal, Virginia
Spouse(s) Sarah Henry[1]
Profession Lawyer, planter, politician

Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799)[2] 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 during 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.

His wife, Sarah Shelton, had a mental illness and died in 1775. He married his second wife, Dorthea Dandrige, two years later in 1777.

References[change | change source]

  1. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_patrick_henrys_wife
  2. "Patrick Henry Timeline". Patrick Henry National Memorial. Retrieved 2007-11-28.