William Penn

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William Penn

Portrait of William Penn
Born 14 October 1644(1644-10-14)
London, England
Died 30 July 1718(1718-07-30) (aged 73)
Berkshire, England
Religion Quakerism (Religious society of Friends)
Spouse Gulielma Maria Springett, Hannah Margaret Callowhill
Children William Penn, Jr., John Penn ("the American"), Thomas Penn, Richard Penn, Sr., Letitia Penn, Margaret Penn, Dennis Penn, Hannah Penn
Parents Admiral Sir William Penn and Margaret Jasper
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William Penn (14 October 1644-30 July 1718) was an English colonial leader. He was given what would become the US state of Pennsylvania by King Charles II as a debt to his father. Penn was a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

Penn and his wife were made honorary United States citizens in 1984 by US President Ronald Reagan.


William Penn was the leader of the Quakers, the Quakers were a group like the Puritans but the offered freedom of religion