29 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Give me liberty or give me death!

Who first said “Give me liberty or give me death?”

Perhaps Patrick Henry’s three sisters whose husbands signed the Fincastle Resolutions Jan 29, 1775. Governor Henry paraphrased their last line.

One Response to “Give me liberty or give me death!”

  1. fred 13 September 2012 at 2:10 pm Permalink

    from Fincastle County “These are real though unpolished sentiments of liberty and in them we are resolved to live or die.”

    Susanna Henry married Thomas Madison who was commisary for William Christian’s October 1776 expedition against the Cherokees and a cousin of Pres James Madison.

    Anne Henry married William Christian who negotiated the 1777 Treaty of Long Island and another in 1781. They built Fort Christian to prepare Louisville KY for my birth.

    Elizabeth Henry married William Campbell who was a Liberty Hall man, commander of the Patriot Regiment at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

    “Life, liberty, and property” from Fincastle was debated in Philadelphia and for the sake of those who had no property was modified to “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


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