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Henry, Patrick, 1736-1797



  • Existence: 1736 - 1797

Patrick Henry was an American Revolution-era orator best known for his quote "Give me liberty or give me death!" Henry was an influential leader in the radical opposition to the British government but only accepted the new federal government after the passage of the Bill of Rights, for which he was in great measure responsible. With his persuasive and passionate speeches, Henry helped kickstart the American Revolution.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Patrick Henry letter

Mss 779212
Identifier: Mss 779212
Scope and Contents Letter from Patrick in Williamsburgh, Virginia to Benjamin Franklin, recommending George Mason Jr. to Franklin's attention.

Philip Mazzei letters

Mss 781466
Identifier: Mss 781466
Scope and Contents Draft of a letter to Franklin explaining the delay in the delivery of a package. Copy of a letter from Partick Henry detailing Mazzei's mission to Europe, Letter from "Citizen of Virginia" responding to criticism. Draft of a letter from Jefferson and from Mazzei.