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ERIC Number: ED307178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Patrick Henry.
Scanlon, Thomas M.
Patrick Henry dominated the politics of Virginia and was a powerful voice in the affairs of the early United States. He became a lawyer at age 23 and rose to prominence following his victory in "The Parsons Case." Soon after, he was elected to the House of Burgesses where he challenged the control of the wealthy, established members and shocked people with his seemingly treasonous attack on the Stamp Act of 1764. At the first colonial convention in Philadelphia, Patrick met John and Sam Adams and other prominent patriots who were convinced that war with England was inevitable. In March 1775, calling for immediate war mobilization, he delivered his famous "give me liberty, or give me death" speech. This propelled him to national prominence as a leader among patriots and their most brilliant orator. He was elected Colonel of Virginia's First Regiment and the Commander-in-Chief of all Virginian troops. In June of 1776, Henry and his cohorts urged the Continental Congress to declare independence, and secured the approval of a Declaration of Rights for Virginia--thereby advancing the cause of religious liberty. Henry was elected Virginia's first governor under the state's new constitution. Refusing a fourth term, he declined all offers of national office and devoted himself to the Virginia Assembly. He refused to participate in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and rallied the support of anti-ratification delegates in Virginia. He remained Virginia's most powerful statesman until his death in 1799. Eleven references are included. (GEA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia