Last Updated: 22 Feb, 2023 | Views: 726
Profession: Historical Men
Other Profession(s): Politician, Lawyer, Planter
Famous For: Founding Father of the United States
Higher Education: College of William & Mary
Patrick Henry, a well-known American politician, was born in Virginia. He began his career as a lawyer and made his name while appearing in the Parson’s Cause trial in the early 1760s. Within two years, he was elected to the House of Burgesses, where he successfully steered the Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions. The Federal government offered him many top posts, but he refused most of them because of ill health and family responsibilities.
Patrick rose to prominence due to his fierce opposition to British rule.
Patrick began managing his father's store when he was fifteen, but the business quickly became unsuccessful.
In 1754, Patrick married Sarah Shelton and received 300 acres of farmland and six slaves as part of their dowry. He then started growing tobacco.
In 1757: Their primary home was likewise destroyed by fire. He then began working in his father-in-law's pub.
In 1763: Patrick Henry initially gained notoriety when Louisa County invited him to testify in the "Parson's Cause" trial.
In 1773: Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Henry Lee introduced a resolution in the Virginia House of Burgesses intending to establish a permanent Committee of Correspondents.
In 1776: he resigned from his post of colonel because the Commission of Safety was trying to curb his power.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1784, he was re-elected as the state governor for the second time and served until 1786.
In 1787, he was invited to attend the Constitutional Convention taking place in Philadelphia but refused.
As a child, Patrick played multiple instruments.