March 23: Patrick Henry
On March 23,1775, Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech to the Virginia Convention, arguing to arm the militia to fight against the British.
Here are a few things you may not have known about Patrick Henry.
• He had 17 children with two wives, the first of which died after they had been married for 21 years.
• No firsthand account exists of his famous speech. The first written text of the speech appeared 18 years after Henry’s death.
• Henry helped found Hampden-Sydney College, which is an alma mater of the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison.
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