Patrick Henry used the phrase on March 23, 1775.
In a speech before the House of Burgesses in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, in a speech supporting sending troops against British forces, ended by saying...
"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, a patriot member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.
"Give me liberty or give me death" is a famous quotation from a speech made by Patrick Henry to the Virginia Convention:
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!
The speech was given March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having single-handedly convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly the crowd, upon hearing the speech, jumped up and shouted, "To Arms! To Arms!"
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