Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry official portrait
3rd Speaker of the Grand Council
Term of Office: October 16, 1780 - October 16, 1786
Predecessor: John Hancock
Successor: Elbridge Gerry
May 29, 1736

Hanover County, Virginia

October 8, 1796

Brookneal, Virginia

Political party:
Lawyer, Politician
Patrick Henry signature

Patrick Henry , America's third Speaker of the Grand Council, pushed for further independence from Great Britain, and fought the President-General for greater autonomy. Also, Henry introduced the Philadelphia Resolves in 1784, which unintentionally became the default manifesto of the Whig Party, calling for the direct election of members of the Grand Council, as well as further populist reforms.

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