Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.
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The great object is that every man be armed.
I know not what others may choose but as for me give me liberty or give me death.
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?
Give me liberty or give me death.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided and that is the lamp of experience.
For my part whatever anguish of spirit it may cost I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst and provide for it.
The liberties of a people never were nor ever will be secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.