Did you know Patrick Henry was elected governor 5 times, and was a boy considered useless? He was a boy who failed many times but still conquered his goals.
Patrick Henry was born May 29th, 1736, in Hanover County, Virginia, on a plantation. His father was a tobacco farmer and a judge. He was born among ten siblings. As a child he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He attended a one-room school house. He was also tutored by his father as well.
When he was 16, Patrick and his brother, William, opened a store. William paid hardly any attention. Unfortunately, the store failed. A few years later, he married Sarah Shelton. Sarah’s father gave the young couple a big plot of land for a plantation. He also gave them a beautiful plantation house. Sadly, he wasn’t very good at farming and his farm house burned down. They moved to town afterwards.
He discovered he loved talking and arguing about politics. He decided to study law. He became a lawyer
His first case was called the Parson’s Cause. The Parson’s Cause was about a law passed Virginia that a local Parson ( like a priest ) did not agree to the law. He complained to the King of England. The king had agreed with the parson and vetoed the law. This ended up in court with Patrick Henry representing Virginia. Virginia ended up with a victory.
In 1765, Patrick Henry became a member of the House of Burgesses.
In the same year, the Stamp Act was published. Patrick Henry argued and spoke out against the extra taxes.
Patrick Henry was elected into the first Continental Congress in 1775. Of course, he was representing Virginia.
On March 23rd, 1775, he delivered his famous speech, “I don’t know what other course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Sadly, in the same year, he wife passed away after bearing her sixth child. He was devastated and mournful.
He later served as a Colonel in the first Virginia Regiment where he led the Militia to stop Lord Dunmore from removing their gunpowder secretly. It was later known as the Gunpowder Incident.
He was elected governor in 1776. In the same year, he married Dorothea Dandridge. They had eleven children together.
After the war, he made sure there was a Bill of Right. George Mason did the same thing!
He retired at Red Hill at the age of 60. He died of stomach cancer in 1779. He died when he was 63 years old.
In conclusion, we remember him as a brave lawyer who spoke out. I think he is brave man who spoke his mind and was under estimated and was self-sacrificing by willing to die for freedom of others.