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Encyclopedia > John Penn (governor)

John Penn (1729-1795) was one of the last colonial proprietors of Pennsylvania, and twice governed the Colony (1763-1771, 1771-1776). Events July 30 - Baltimore, Maryland is founded. ... 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


John Penn was born in London, 14 July, 1729, the son of Richard Penn and grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. While at school he clandestinely married, and then was forced to repudiate his marriage to, the daughter of James Cox of London. His family, especially his uncle, Thomas Penn, Pennsylvania's chief Proprietor, then insisted that he travel to Geneva to study from 1747-51.[1] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... William Penn William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Thomas Penn (1702 – 1775) was a son of William Penn who founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ...


His first visit to Pennsylvania was in early 1754. His uncle Thomas had sent him to the Province to learn about its government and culture, and to serve in the Provincial Council, but his visit, according to Richard Peters, Provincial Secretary, was unsuccessful. Among other problems that Peters reported to the Proprietor was Penn's close association with an Italian musician whose rent Penn paid and at whose home Penn stayed until two or three in the morning. The "debauched" musician was, in turn, "constantly tagging after him." Thomas Penn summoned his nephew John home in late 1755.[2] Richard Peters, Jr. ...


He returned, as the Province's lieutenant-governor, in late 1763. He lived in a house on 3rd Street in Philadelphia. He built a three-story row house on the location where George Washington met with and stayed with various Spanish Admirals. This house was the home of the first Spanish diplomatic emissaries to the new United States of America.[3] George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)[1] led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. ...


In 1766, Penn married Anne Allen, daughter of William Allen. William Allen (1704-1780) was a lawyer, businessman, and statesman in colonial Pennsylvania. ...


Penn returned to England in 1771, when, at his father's death, he assumed the role of Proprietor of Pennsylvania. Two years later he returned to Pennsylvania to serve as Governor until the Revolution. John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen...


He died in Bucks County, February 9, 1795, and was buried under the floor of Christ Church, Philadelphia, but his remains were later removed to England. The Anglicans of the Church of England founded Philadelphias Christ Church in 1695 and built a small wooden church on the site by the next year. ...


Notes

  1. ^ John Penn (1725-1795), University of Pennsylvania Archives.
  2. ^ Hubertis Cummings, Richard Peters, Provincial Secretary and Cleric, 1704-1776 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1944), pp. 169, 209-10.
  3. ^ http://www.ushistory.org/districts/societyhill/johnp.htm

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John Penn (1725-1795), University of Pennsylvania Archives (377 words)
John Penn was the older son of Richard Penn the elder and the grandson of Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn. After his elders forced him to repudiate his youthful marriage to the daughter of James Cox of London, he was sent to study at the University of Geneva from 1747 until 1751.
During John Penn's two year stay in England, the Council and then his brother Richard Penn were in charge of the colony, but in 1773 John Penn returned to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania until the American Revolution.
In 1764 John Penn was elected a trustee of the College and Academy of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania), and served as that board's president from 1764 to 1771 and then from 1774 to 1779.
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Penn said that he should appoint militia officers (they had been elected by the militia men themselves when Franklin was elected to command the Pennsylvania militia in 1756).
Penn also insisted that the proposed tax increases should, when dealing with Penn lands, only be based on the lowest rate and should not take into account any increased value of building which had occurred on these lands.
John Penn, the colony's Proprietary Governor, knew he and his family had nothing to gain from a break with Britain as it would have meant the loss of power, position and influence he held by the 1701 Pennsylvania Charter.
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