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Patrick Henry (1736-1799), born in colonial Virginia, was a fierce advocate for American independence. Known for his oratorical abilities, he served several terms as governor of Virginia, both during colonial days and after independence. He is often considered more rebel than statesman and more Virginian than American. During the Constitutional Convention, he argued vigorously and at length against a strong executive or a strong federal government. Henry was a trial lawyer and speculated in and bought land in western Virginia and territories further to the west belonging to Native Americans. 

In 1774, Henry was a delegate to the Continental Congress. He gave his most famous speech at the Virginia Convention in 1775: the "give me liberty, or give me death" speech stating that war against Great Britain could not be avoided. 


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