was born in Hanover County, Virginia . He was the second of eleven children.
ran a store for his father
spoke out against the Stamp Act saying that only the Assembly has the right to tax Virginians, not the king.
He was a founding member
attended the Virginia Conventions of 1774, March 1775, July–August 1775, May 1776, and 1788.
He is best remembered, however, for the speech he gave during the convention that famously ended with the words, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
Commissioned as Colonel of the first Virginia regiment
again as governor in 1784–1786.
then again in 1788–1791
died of stomach cancer