About Patrick Henry

A Virginia planter and lawyer, Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was one of the greatest orators of his age and a leader of the American Patriot movement in the 1760s and 1770s. He served as the first governor of independent Virginia and was an opponent of the proposed federal Constitution during the Virginia ratification debates of 1788.

The Constitution: Squinting Toward Monarchy

By |2016-06-06T11:12:37-05:00May 29th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Featured, Liberty, Patrick Henry|

Editor’s Note: This speech was delivered by Patrick Henry on June 5, 1788, at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, against the proposed Constitution, and is reproduced here as recorded by the convention’s secretary.  Mr. HENRY. Mr. Chairman, I am much obliged to the very worthy gentleman for his encomium. I wish I was possessed with talents, or possessed of [...]

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