Patrick Henry

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Portrait of Patrick Henry

12th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
January 19, 1790 - January 17, 1791

Predecessor George Washington
Successor Thomas Jefferson

1st Governor of Virginia

Predecessor John Murray (Colonial Governor)
Successor Thomas Jefferson

6th Governor of Virginia

Predecessor Benjamin Harrison V
Successor Edmund Randolph
Born May 29, 1736
Hanover County, Virginia
Died June 6, 1799

Brookneal, Virginia

Political Party Anti-Federalist

Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) 12th President of the United States in Congress Assembled was an orator and politician who led the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia from 1776 to 1779 and subsequently, from 1784 to 1786. Henry led the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765 and is well remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is remembered as one of the most influential exponents of Republicanism, promoters of the American Revolution and Independence, especially in his denunciations of corruption in government officials and his defense of historic rights.