Timeline for Patrick Henry

Timeline for Patrick Henry - Give me Liberty

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The timeline for Patrick Henry features the important events in his life combined with the major influences that effected the patriots of Colonial America.

The timeline for Patrick Henry reflects the build-up of British influence in the colonies and how the Acts and Laws passed by the British Parliament effected the lives of the colonists. The timeline for Patrick Henry provides a snapshot of this important time window into American History.

Timeline for Patrick Henry - 1765 Stamp Act
The 1765 Stamp Act was a British duty (tax), in the form of various stamps of different denominations, on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents. The Stamp Act ignited the flame of revolution in the American colonies through the injustices of the British laws.

 

Timeline for Patrick Henrys Stamps - One Penny Stamp

The Stamp Act of 1765

 

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The injustices were fought with a passion by Patrick Henry and led to this great orator making his famous   'Caesar-Brutus Speech' of 1765 in which he exclaimed "If this be treason, make the most of it!". The March 23, 1775 timeline of Patrick Henry also highlights his passionate & inspiring words delivered in his famous speech "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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Timeline for Patrick Henry - His early Life 

1734Parents of Patrick HenryThe family settle in Hanover County in Virginia. His Scottish father, John Henry, marries Sarah Winston Syme in 1734
 
 

1736Birth of Patrick HenryPatrick Henry is born at Studley in Hanover County, Virginia on May 29, 1736. His father was a member of Virginia's landed gentry, and his mother belonged to a fine old Welsh family
 
 

 

1740'sEarly Life of Patrick HenryPatrick Henry was not a good student, he enjoyed the outdoor life and playing the violin
 

1748Great AwakeningHenry witnesses the preaching of evangelist Samuel Davies during the Great Awakening
 
 

1751ClerkWorked as a clerk into a little country store
 
 

1752FailurePatrick Henry opened a store of his own, but he was lazy and the business eventually failed
 
 

1754Marriage to Sarah SheltonPatrick Henry married Sarah Shelton and became a landowner and farmer. Her dowry was Pine Slash, a 300 acre tobacco farm in Hanover County with six slaves.
 
 

 

1754Albany Congress, 1754June19 - July 11: Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan of union but it was rejected by both the British and Americans
 

1760LawyerThe tobacco farm fails and Patrick Henry studies to become a lawyer. 1760 Henry passes the bar examination in Williamsburg and opens a law firm
 
 

1763French and Indian War
(Seven years War) ends
February 10, 1763: The Peace Treaty of Paris 1763 ends the French and Indian War in North America. The British left with a massive war debt. The British look for ways of imposing new taxes in the colonies.
 
 

1763English Policy of
Salutary Neglect ends
The British are left with a massive war debt and start to enforce the laws of the Navigations Acts and looked for ways of imposing new taxes in the colonies
 
 

1763Proclamation of 1763October 7, 1763: The introduction of a massive boundary to separate white settlements from Indian country
 
 

1764Sugar ActApril 5: Law setting a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies impacting the manufacture of rum in New England.
 
 

1764Success as a LawyerHe succeeded well in his law practice, and within a few years had so much business that people in his part of Virginia began to take notice of him
 
 

1764Currency ActSeptember 1: Series of Laws that regulated paper money issued by the colonies - also refer to Colonial, Continental and Revolutionary Currency
 
 

Timeline for Patrick Henry - The Stamp Act 1765

 
Timeline for Patrick Henry - The Stamp Act 

1765Stamp Act of 1765

 

March 22, 1765: Taxes imposed on legal papers, newspapers and pamphlets. Vehement opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766 - also refer to the Sugar Act and Stamp Act
 
 

1765Quartering Act of 1765March 24, 1765: The first of a series of Laws requiring the provision of housing, food and drink to British troops in the American colonies
 
 

1765Member of the
House of Burgesses
May: Patrick Henry was elected a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses
 
 

1765 Patrick Henry, the great orator,
delivers the
'Caesar-Brutus Speech'
May 29: Patrick Henry delivers his famous 'Caesar-Brutus Speech' "If this be treason, make the most of it!" in the debate about his Resolutions against the Stamp Act. When Henry compared George III to the tyrants Julius Caesar and King Charles I, he was accused of treason.
 
 

1765Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions
 
May 30: The celebrated resolutions introduced by Patrick Henry  against the Stamp Act was passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses
 
 

1765Reaction to the Stamp Act
 
Summer of 1765: Violent reactions leading to the Stamp Act Riots
 

1765Stamp Act Congress
 
October 7-25: Declaration of the Rights and Grievances of the Colonists
 

Timeline for Patrick Henry leading to Revolution

 
Timeline for Patrick Henry - Timeline of events leading up to the Revolutionary War 

1766Declaratory ActMarch 18: Declaratory Act passed asserting the British right to make laws binding on the colonies
 
 

1766Repeal of the Stamp ActRepeal of the Stamp Act is approved by the House of Commons in February 1766
 
 

1767Townshend ActsJune 29: Series of Laws placing duties on items imported by the colonists including glass, lead, paints, paper and tea
 
 

1768English warshipsOctober 1: English warships sail into Boston Harbor leaving two regiments of English troops to keep order
 
 

1769The General Court
 
Patrick Henry is admitted to the bar of the General Court 

1770Boston Massacre
 
March 5: 5 civilians killed by British soldiers 

1770Repeal of the
Townshend Acts
 
April: Repeal of the Townshend Acts and the Quartering Act  

1771Defence of the Baptist MinistersPatrick Henry defends persecuted Baptist ministers Jeremiah Walker, John Waller, and John Williams
 
 

1773Tea ActMay 10: Law allowing the British East India Company to sell its low-cost tea directly to the colonies, undermining colonial tea merchants
 
 

1773The Committees of CorrespondenceJune 9: 1773 Henry helps create the Virginia Committee of
Correspondence. The Committees of Correspondence were shadow governments organized by the Patriot leaders of the 13 Colonies

 
 

1773The Boston Tea PartyDecember 16:  Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protested against the British Tea Act
 
 

1774Intolerable Acts
(Coercive Acts)
The Intolerable Acts were a reprisal to the Boston Tea party rebellion. A package of five laws aimed at restoring British authority in its colonies
 
 

1774Boston Port ActMarch 31, 1774 - The Boston Port Act
 
 

1774Massachusetts
Government Act
 
May 20, 1774 The Massachusetts Government Act
 
 

1774Administration of Justice ActMay 20, 1774 The Administration of Justice Act
 
 

1774Quartering ActJune 2, 1774 - The Quartering Act
 
 

1774Quebec ActJune 22, 1774 - The Quebec Act
 
 

1774Elected to the
First Continental Congress
 
August - Patrick Henry elected to the First Continental Congress 

1774First Continental CongressSeptember 5 - October 26: First Continental Congress
 
 

1775Patrick Henry
Give me Liberty Speech
March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech "Give me liberty or give me death!"
 
 

 

1775Elected to the
Second Continental Congress
March 25, 1775 Henry elected to Second Continental Congress

 

1775Death of Patrick's first wifeApril 1775: The death of Sarah Shelton Henry at Scotchtown leaving six children
 

1775Paul RevereApril 18: General Gage orders British soldiers to destroy the colonists weapons depot in Concord. Paul Revere leaves Boston to warn colonists
 
 

1775Edict against Patrick HenryMay 6, 1775 Governor Dunmore issues edict against Patrick Henry
 
 

1775George Washington
Continental Army
June 15: George Washington appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army
 
 

1775Battle of Bunker HillJune 17: Battle of Bunker Hill
 
 

1775Taking Up ArmsJuly 6 1775: Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms stating that Americans are "resolved to die free men rather than live as slaves."
 
 

1775Virginia Commander in ChiefAugust 5: Patrick Henry elected commander-in-chief of Virginia's military forces
 
 

1776Revolutionary ConventionPatrick Henry attends Fifth Revolutionary Convention.
 
 

1776Governor of VirginiaJune 29, 1776: Patrick Henry elected first governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
 
 

1776Resigns Military CommandFebruary 28, 1776: Patrick Henry resigns military command
 
 

1776Preparing DocumentsMay-July:  June 29, 1776 Henry elected first governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and helps to write the Virginia Constitution - the Virginia Declaration of Rights
 
 

1776Declaration of Independence1776 July 4. Thomas Jefferson presents the United States Declaration of Independence

 
 

Timeline for Patrick Henry - The Revolutionary War

 
Timeline for Patrick Henry - Timeline of events during the Revolutionary War 

1777Re-elected GovernorMay 29, 1777: Patrick Henry re-elected to second term as governor of Virginia
 
 

1777Marriage to Dorothea DandridgeOctober 9 1777: Patrick Henry marries Dorothea Dandridge - they will have eleven children together
 
 

1778George Rogers ClarkJanuary 2, 1778:  Patrick Henry sends George Rogers Clark to defend the west
 
 

1778Re-elected GovernorMay 29, 1778 Patrick Henry re-elected to third term as governor of Virginia
 
 

1779House of DelegatesJune 1, 1779 Jefferson elected governor and Patrick Henry returns to House of Delegates
 
 

1782Peace talksApril 12: Paris Peace talks begin
 
 

1782Final BattleNovember 10: The final battle of the Revolutionary War
 
 

1783End to HostilitiesFebruary 4: England officially declares an end to hostilities in America
 
 

1783Treaty of ParisSeptember 3: The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States and Great Britain
 
 

1784American Revolutionary
War ends
January 14: The Peace Treaty of Paris 1783 is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends.
 
 

Timeline for Patrick Henry - Later Life

 
Timeline for Patrick Henry - Timeline of his Later Life 

1784Re-elected GovernorNovember 17, 1784 Patrick Henry elected to fourth term as governor
 
 

1784Defeat of BillLegislature defeats Patrick Henry's Bill for Support of Teachers of the Christian Religion
 
 

1785Re-elected GovernorNovember 25, 1785: Patrick Henry re-elected to fifth term as governor
 
 

1786Resumes Law firmNovember 30, 1786: Patrick Henry declines re-election as governor and resumes law practice
 
 

1787Declines electionPatrick Henry declines election to Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
 
 

1788Elected to Virginia ConventionMarch 1788 Patrick Henry elected to Virginia Convention of 1788
 
 

1788Constitution DebateJune 2, 1788 Convention begins debate over Constitution
 
 

1788Opposition to the ConstitutionJune 25, 1788 Virginia ratifies Constitution by 89 to 79 vote, Patrick Henry's opposition fuels movement for a Bill of Rights
 
 

1789Amendments to the ConstitutionSeptember 25, 1789 Congress sends 12 constitutional amendments to the states
 

1791Retires from House DelegatesNovember 12, 1791 Patrick Henry retires from the House of Delegates
 

1791Federal Bill of RightsDecember 15, 1791 Ten amendments ratified as federal Bill of Rights
 

1793British Debts CaseMay 1793 Patrick Henry argues British Debts Case
 
 

1794/6Declines all appointments1794-1796: Henry declines sixth term as governor of Virginia and appointments as U. S. Senator, Chief Justice, Secretary of State, and ambassador to Spain and France due to his failing health
 
 

1799Final SpeechMarch 4, 1799 Patrick Henry's final speech at Charlotte Courthouse
 
 

1799Death of Patrick HenryJune 6, 1799: The Death of Patrick Henry at Red Hill
 
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The Stamp Act crisis in which colonists started to turn to violence in protest against the British Laws.

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