William & Mary | Earl Gregg Swem Library Special Collections Database


Henry, Patrick (1736-1799)

Henry, Patrick (1736-1799)
Historical Note
Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1736. He was largely self-educated, becoming a prominent trial lawyer and great orator. The most famous phrase attributed to him is "Give me liberty or give me death." He was delegate to the House of Burgesses, 1765-1774; the Continential Congress, 1774-1776; and the Virginia provincial convention, 1775. He also served as governor of Virginia from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. Patrick Henry died in 1799. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Patrick Henry.

By this creator

Records or Manuscript Collections
Blair Family Papers, 1741-1792
William and Thomas Dawson Papers, 1721-1775
Patrick Henry Papers, 1778-1927