Give Me Liberty_Essay - Give Me Liberty David J Vaughan An essay written by Caden Dalton Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the

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Give Me Liberty David J. Vaughan
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An essay written by Caden Dalton “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry said these words believing that God is sovereign and establishes certain limits regarding men’s abilities and jurisdictions. But who was Patrick Henry, and how is he inspiring? Patrick Henry was born in 1736 in Hanover County, Virginia. He was the second oldest of nine children, right behind his older brother. Growing up, Patrick Henry had a typical Virginian childhood filled with hunting, fishing, running, and also learning. By the time Patrick was fifteen years old, he could read Greek, Latin, some French, and had a superb grasp of the English language as evidenced by some his earlier writings. Also at the age of fifteen, Patrick was apprenticed to a merchant. Just one year after his apprenticeship, Patrick and his older brother opened a country store. Unfortunately, the business failed a few years later and the two 2
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brothers closed up shop. This was Patrick’s first (but not only) failure in his life. However, Patrick later claimed that it was this adversity that taught him to persevere. The same year that Patrick’s business failed, he married Sarah Shelton. Patrick didn’t own a lot of land, but he owned some, and started to farm his field. Sadly, droughts destroyed his crops and his house was burned down with almost all of his belongings. The destruction of his house and farm knocked him down, but he got back up again. After his losses, he opened another county store. However, it seemed that he had gotten back on his feet only to be knocked down again; his second business failed. Interestingly, after this, Patrick wanted to study law. Patrick, in just a few short weeks, had read every law book he could find, and soon he began his successful law career. Patrick was talented and gifted when it came to law. His mind grasped even the farthest reaches of law, and when he spoke he delegated with a commanding elegance. Three years after practicing law he had one of his most important and most famous cases. In December of 1763, Patrick pled the Parson’s Cause, and argued that the King had overstepped his jurisdiction. Patrick‘s logic and eloquence Patrick essentially won the case, and his future law and political career was launched. Throughout the rest of his life, Patrick was deeply involved with politics and law, from defending Quakers’ freedom of religion to attacking the King’s authority, Patrick didn’t give up. In 1775, Patrick gave his famous “Give me Liberty!” speech, and eventually became a colonel in the Continental Army. But more so than being a colonel and a great lawyer, he was a great statesman. Patrick’s intelligence and natural knack for being a statesman led to his being elected Governor of the state of Virginia.
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