Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-1797
Governor of Virginia, 1784–1786
Elected member of the U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1785
Elected member of the Virginia assembly, 1784
Represented the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. Congress, 1779-1783
Elected as a member of the Constitutional Convention of Virginia, participated in the framing of the Virginia Constitution, 1776
Attended Williamsburg around 1760 and was admitted to the bar.
Educated by his father and uncle, an Anglican clergyman.
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He opposed ratification of the U.S. Constitution, believing that it endangered state sovereignty, and he worked successfully to have the first 10 amendments (Bill of Rights) added to the Constitution.
Following the Revolution, Patrick Henry supported proposals in the Virginia legislature that would have essentially established the Episcopal church in that state. The proposed measures would have 'incorporated' the Episcopal clergy, and would have provided financial support to the church through tax levies. These bills were ultimately defeated, due largely to the efforts of James Madison and some of his allies.