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Penn, William

Born: 1644 AD
Died: 1718 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Political Leader

1644 – Born on October 14th in London, England. He was the founder of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


1660 – He went to Christ Church College, Oxford. He joined the Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, and was expelled from the college and arrested several times for being a Quaker.


1677 – The Quakers, including Penn, received the colonial province of West New Jersey. They founded the town of Burlington with settlers from Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, and towns near Buckinghamshire.


1682-1684 – He pushed through his political ideas and collaborated with the local Indians.


1699 – He visited America and planned to make a federation of all English colonies in American.


1701 – Went back to England because his financial adviser, Philip Ford, cheated him and almost lost Pennsylvania through Ford’s machinations.


1712 – He was unable to speak and take of himself after he suffered from a stroke.


1718 – Died in Ruscombe and was buried next to his first wife in the cemetery at Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire, England.