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Patrick Henry Day


WHEREAS, Patrick Henry, a founding father of Virginia and the Nation, was born in Hanover County, Virginia on the 29th of May, 1736; and

WHEREAS, Patrick Henry became a lawyer through self-study in 1760 and soon gained a following through his oratory skill while he defended the liberties of common people; and

WHEREAS, Patrick Henry distinguished himself as a lawyer and a statesman when he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1765, then was admitted to the Bar of the General Court of Virginia in 1769, elected to the Continental Congress in 1774, and when he served as a Colonel of the 1st Virginia Regiment; and

WHEREAS, while serving as delegate from Hanover County to the Second Virginia Convention that convened at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond on the 20th of March 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his historic “Give me liberty or give me death” remarks; and

WHEREAS, Patrick Henry served on the committee in the Virginia Convention of 1776 that drafted the Commonwealth's first constitution which was adopted on the 29th of June 1776; and

WHEREAS, Patrick Henry was elected the first colonial Governor of Virginia on the 29th of June 1776 and held office until 1779 and served again as the sixth independent Governor of Virginia from 1784 to 1786; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia honors Patrick Henry’s service to the Commonwealth and nation by recognizing the 29th of June as Patrick Henry Day,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 29, 2021, as PATRICK HENRY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.