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William Penn
  • Name: William Penn
  • Born: 10/14/1644
  • Died: 07/30/1718 (73 years old)
  • Occupation: Nobleman, writer, colonial proprietor of Pennsylvania

William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was the son of the admiral and politician Sir William Penn. Penn was a writer, early member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and founder of the English North American colony the Province of Pennsylvania. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed. Philadelphia was planned out to be grid-like with its streets and be very easy to navigate, unlike London where Penn was from. The streets are named with numbers and tree names. He chose to use the names of trees for the cross streets because Pennsylvania means “Penn’s Woods.”

School: Chigwell School, Christ Church, Oxford

Birth Place: London, England

Death Place: Ruscombe, Berkshire, England, Great Britain

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