Patrick Henry: Born May 29, 1736 in Hanover County, Virginia Protested British tyranny Symbol of American struggle for liberty Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress Five-term governor of Virginia Delivered the famous "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech. Listen to the speech. Died June 6, 1799 at Red Hill Plantation, Virginia
House of Burgesses In April, 1619, GOVERNOR GEORGE YEARDLEY arrived in Virginia from England and announced that the Virginia Company had voted to abolish martial law and create a legislative assembly. It became the House of Burgesses — the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. The first assembly met on July 30, 1619, in the church at Jamestown.