By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799) was passionate about the law and about insuring the rights of Americans, even to the point of Revolution. A persuasive self-taught lawyer and powerful spokesman for the Revolution, his deeply held convictions enlivened his memorable orations. He once alleged, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Henry served in the Continental Congress briefly, but spent most of his political life in Virginia. Henry fought the Constitution's ratification because he felt it threatened both state and individual rights. The Bill of Rights addressed Henry's concerns.