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St. John's Church
St. John's Church; standing in his pew, Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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Patrick Henry Was Born
May 29, 1736

It was in St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, that Patrick Henry delivered his most famous speech. With war against Great Britain looming, Henry proclaimed, "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

As the first governor of Virginia and as a state legislator, Henry continued to have profound influence on the development of the new nation. He worked for the addition of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Known as the Bill of Rights, they guarantee certain freedoms, such as the freedom of speech and religion. Can you imagine the U.S. without such rights?

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