Essay about Biography of Patrick Henry

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Biography of Patrick Henry

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? These noble, forthright words were spoken by a fiery young patriot and great orator who had dedicated his life to the goal of winning rights for the people of America.

Patrick Henry was born on May 29 of the year 1736 in Studley, Hanover County, Virginia. He grew up in a Presbyterian believing home, Patrick's father, John Henry, was a Scott, who taught Patrick most of his schooling until he was about fifteen.

As Patrick grew up, people found him to be a charming, bright young boy with a gentle, sweet spirit and a good sense of humor. Yet he was still a boy, who loved to hunt
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There he met a girl named Sarah Shelton. They spent a lot of time together that year and in the summer of 1754, they got married. Their dowry was a lovely little homestead with a few acres. With only a few slaves and himself, they soon found that it was not enough to live on with a brand new baby boy. Then, one dry summer, their little home was burnt to the ground by a brush fire. This devastating occurrence left the young Henry family completely broke and homeless, and all they had left was themselves and their slaves. They then moved into the second story of the Shelton's house until Patrick could find another job. Sarah was not well after this devastation, and she was taken care of by her family when Patrick was away. Patrick first went to the closest large town to look for a friend of his, Thomas Jefferson. Patrick knocked at the door of the office, was invited in, and for a moment could not find where the speaker was from all the books surrounding the walls, covering the floors and cluttered on the desk. Jefferson was surprised yet not unhappy that Patrick had come to visit him and inquired what he had come for. I have come to ask what I must do to become a lawyer, was the reply. Completely taken aback by this sudden determination, Jefferson at first tried to persuade

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