• Born May 29, 1736 - Studley Farm, Hanover, Dominion of Virginia
  • Deceased June 6, 1799 - Brookneal, Campbell, Virginia, USA,aged 63 years old

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Early years

Henry was born in Studley, Hanover County, Virginia on May 29, 1736.[3] His father was John Henry, an immigrant from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who had attended King's College, Aberdeen before immigrating to the Colony of Virginia in the 1720s.[4] Settling in Hanover County, about 1732 John Henry married Sarah Winston Syme, a wealthy widow from a prominent Hanover County family of English ancestry.[5] Patrick Henry was once thought to have been of humble origins, but he was actually born into the middle rank of the Virginia gentry.[3]

Henry attended local schools for a few years, and then was tutored by his father. After failing in business, in 1754 he married Sarah Shelton, with whom he would have six children. As a wedding gift, his father-in-law gave the couple six slaves and the 300-acre Pine Slash Farm. Henry began a career as a planter, but their home was destroyed by fire in 1757.[3] Henry made another attempt at business,which also failed, before deciding to become a lawyer in 1760.[3]

Henry first made a name for himself in a case dubbed the "Parson's Cause" (1763), which was an argument about whether the price of tobacco paid to clergy for their services should be set by the colonial government or by the Crown. After the British Parliament overruled Virginia's Two Penny Act that had limited the clergy's salaries, the Reverend James Maury filed suit against the vestry of Louisa County for payment of back wages. When Maury won the suit, a jury was called in Hanover County to determine how much Maury should be paid. Henry was brought in at the last minute to argue on behalf of Louisa County. Ignoring legal niceties, Henry delivered an impassioned speech that denounced clerics who challenged Virginia's laws as "enemies of the community" and any king who annulled good laws like the Two Penny Act as a "tyrant" who "forfeits all right to his subject's obedience".[6] Henry urged the jury to make an example of Maury. After less than five minutes of deliberation, they awarded Maury one penny.[7]

Patrick Henry
Born May 29, 1736
Hanover County, Virginia
Died June 6, 1799 (aged 63)
Brookneal, Virginia

1st & 6th Governor of Virginia
In office:1776 - 1779, 1784 - 1786
Preceded by: Benjamin Harrison V (1784)
Succeeded by Thomas Jefferson (1779), Edmund Randolph (1786)


Event:Death-Alt[06 June 1799]Charlotte, Virginia, USA(Source: Ancestry.com - Public Member Trees - Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; - : - www.ancestry.com - 1 EMAIL - )

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 Sources

  • Birth, death: Ancestry.com - Public Member Trees - Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; - : - www.ancestry.com - 1 EMAIL - - Database online. - Record for Nathaniel West Henry - Ancestry.com - Public Member Trees - Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; - : - www.ancestry.com - 1 EMAIL - - Database online. - Record for Patrick Henry - Ancestry.com - Public Member Trees - Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; - : - www.ancestry.com - 1 EMAIL - - Database online. - Record for Patrick Henry
  • Spouse 1: Ancestry.com - Public Member Trees - Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; - : - www.ancestry.com - 1 EMAIL - - Database online. - Record for Patrick Henry

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Alexander HENRY, Rev. 1674-1735 Jean ROBERTSON 1678-1735 Isaac WINSTON 1681-1760 Mary DABNEY 1685-1760
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