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Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was a great patriot He never used his fists or guns to fight for his country but he used a much more powerful weapon at which he held great skill his words Possibly the greatest orator of his time his speeches such as Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death struck a cord in the American spirit of those who opposed oppression and tyranny Henry was born on May 29th 1736 in Studley Virginia His schooling was basic elementary school then trained in the classics by his father His father John Henry was an well-educated Scotsman who was a surveyor colonel and justice of the local county court Still young Patrick Henry first took up storekeeping in which he failed twice and then farming which also proved unsuccessful Despite his early struggles he then married Sara Shelton and with the new responsibilities of marriage he took up the practice of law He was naturally talented in the new job and soon found himself very successful The first signs of his oratorical genus were shown in case in which he represented Virginia asking for a change of law that had been disallowed by King George III After this case he was soon accepted as a member of the House of Burgesses There he delivered another famous speech opposing the Stamp Act After concluded this speech calls of Treason Treason rang though the hall but Henry replied If this be treason make the most of it Thus began the life of the Patriot Patrick Henry Henry had strong involvement in the rebellion from England all the way from his speech opposing the Stamp Act through the end of the revolutionary war He was on Virginia first Committee of Correspondence a delegate in the Continental Congresses and was commander of Virginian forces during wartime During wartime he devised strategies that were not looked high upon by his over lookers and he decided to
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