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Patrick Henry (1736–1799)

Henry, Patrick. An eminent American orator and public man; born at Studley, VA, May 29, 1736; died at Red Hill, VA, June 6, 1799. His literary fame rests upon his speeches, even the meager reports of which show the fire and substance of a great orator. He would be a recreant American schoolboy indeed who has not declaimed “But as for me, give me liberty or give me death”; “If this be treason, make the most of it”; “I repeat it, sir, let it come!” His speeches and correspondence may be seen in the ‘Life’ by William Wirt Henry (3 vols., 1891), the third volume of which is devoted exclusively to them. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).