Patrick Henry was born on May 29, 1736, in Virginia. He was born to a wealthy family. He died at the age of 63 in 1799. He was born on a plantation and was the second of 10 siblings. He was educated at home. His first job was as a storekeeper and then a farmer. He did not do well in either of those jobs. He became a lawyer when he was 24 years old.
Patrick was a lawyer and a politician, but Patrick was not popular until he became a politician. He had a very strong personality because he never stopped trying. First he was a farmer, then a storekeeper. He failed at both of these but he kept on trying and became a lawyer. He was also very patriotic because he became involved in the colonies becoming a free country, and he was famous for making great speeches which helped to convince the people to revolt against the King.
Patrick Henry was a member of the Revolutionary Convention in Virginia when he said, "Give me liberty or give me death," in 1775. This was a famous speech because it helped to convince the people at the Convention that the colonies needed liberty from England. Henry was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses which worked towards the Declaration of Independence. Patrick Henry was important in getting the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution and was also a governor of Virginia twice.