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Patrick Henry was recognized by his Virginia
contemporaries as "the man who gave the first impulse to the
ball of revolution." Born at Studley plantation in Hanover
County, Virginia, on May 29, l736, Henry received most of
his education from his father, who had attended King's College
The following links will show you Henry's
early life and times.
29, 1736 Patrick Henry born at Studley in Hanover County
Henry witnesses preaching of evangelist Samuel Davies during
the Great Awakening
Patrick Henry married Sarah Shelton. Her dowry was a 600-acre
farm called Pine Slash, a house, and six slaves.
- 1760 Henry passes
bar examination in Williamsburg
- 1760-1768 Henry's
county court practice exceeds 3,200 cases
1, 1763 Henry argues Parsons' Cause at Hanover Court House
- May 1765 Henry's
first election to House of Burgesses
- May 29-30, 1765
Henry supports his Resolutions against the Stamp Act with
his "Caesar-Brutus Speech," depicted in Peter Rothermel's
monumental painting, which hangs in the museum at Red Hill.
delivered his famous "Caesar-Brutus Speech" in the debate
about his Resolutions against the Stamp Act. When Henry
compared George III to the tyrants Julius Caesar and Charles
I, he was accused of treason.
Henry admitted to the bar of the General Court
- 1770-1771 Henry defends
persecuted Baptist ministers Jeremiah Walker, John Waller,
and John Williams.