King George III imposed the Stamp Act on the colonies.
Stamp Act of 1756 Stamp Act of 1756
Taxed all paper products including wills, documents and deeds. This angered the colonists. Taxed all paper products including wills, documents and deeds. This angered the colonists.
The Stamp Act was a tax to pay for the living expenses of the British soldiers stationed in North America to keep peace between the Native Americans and the colonists.
Patrick Henry was a well known opponent of the Stamp Act. He submitted a bunch of resolutions to his colony's assembly to deny Parliament the right to tax the colonies.
Give me liberty, or give me death!
In October 1756, the Stamp Act Congress, composed of delegates from nine colonies, met to petition the King that only colonial assemblies could tax the colonists.
Also, angry mobs terrorized the stamp distributors forcing most of them to resign. They also blocked ships carrying the stamp papers so they could not drop their cargo. As a result, the Parliament could not enforce the Stamp Act, and it was repealed in 1766.