Patrick Henry

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    I wanted to see what you think is the best book on Patrick Henry. Not only a biography but also on his political prowess. If it is more then one that is fine. Thank you Prof. Gutzman.

    Shawn

    #21312
    gutzmank
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    The best way to get to know his personality is by reading the record of the Richmond Ratification Convention of 1788, which is in volumes VIII-X of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution.

    Avoid Wirt’s biography. I don’t much like Beeman’s either. William Wirt Henry’s is pretty good, and it includes several letters, etc. Far the best is A Son of Thunder by Mayer. It gives you all the important details of his life and a clear impression of his personality. It also captures his principles.

    If you want more after reading those, let me know.

    #21313

    Professor Gutzman,

    Thank you for the list. I actually own A son of Thunder. It is the only biography I have of Patrick Henry. I will look into the Documentary history of the Ratification of the Constitution. I will let you know. Thank you again.

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    gutzmank
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    You’re welcome.

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