By Bill Potter

Patrick Henry was perhaps the most outspoken Christian of the Founding Fathers. He is also one of the most forgotten, except for his speech to the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church. He sat at the feet of the great Virginia preacher Samuel Davies in his early years, next to his devout Christian mother. He rose through the ranks of the frontier lawyers then among the Tidewater Grandees of the House of Delegates.

Always outspoken, always with enemies arrayed against him, Henry stood on principles and did not back down from those who would challenge them. He led Virginia to Independence and through the War, then opposed the Constitution for its granting too much power to a president, though the first one would be his friend George Washington. An example to generations of young Americans, Patrick Henry needs to be better known today.


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