PENNSYLVANIA

THE STORY OF WILLIAM PENN

William Penn

William Penn was born October 14, 1644 in London, England. His parents were Admiral Sir William Penn and Margaret Jasper. At age twenty two, against his father's wishes, he became a Quaker supporter. William Penn then married Gulielma Maria Springett, in 1671 she was from a well known Quaker family, this completed William Penn becoming a Quaker also. In 1681 William Penn founded the colony as a refuge for Quakers. He named this land Pennsylvania after his family name "Penn" and the forests in the land ("Sylvania means "forest land" in Latin).

Facts about William Penn

William Penn's occupation was real estate entrepreneur. His religion was Quakerism. He was married twice, one to Gulielma Maria Springett, then to Hannah Margaret Callowhill. He had 7 children. In 1681 Penn founded Philadelphia. William died July 30, 1718 in England.

King Charles II and William Penn

King Charles II owed William Penn money, 16,000 pounds, that his father Admiral Sir Penn had lent to him. William Penn asked the king to give him land instead of money. Penn was wanting to have a place for his friends, the Quakers, to go. The King agreed. The King named the new colony in honor of William Penn's father.

History of Pennsylvania

The history of Pennsylvania began in 1681 when William Penn received a royal charter from King Charles II of England. William Penn established a colony based on religious tolerance. Philadelphia was the first planned city and the place that many Quakers settled

Facts about Pennsylvania

The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. The abver. Is pa./PA, It is nicknamed the keystone state. The state motto is "Virtue, library, and independence. The state tree is the hemlock. The state bird is the Ruffled Grouse. The state dog is the Great Dane. Blue and gold are the state colors. There are 116 state parks located in Pennsylvania.

Did you Know ?

The first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh in 1909. Hershey, PA is considered to be the Chocolate Capital of the US. In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer. The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia in 1784. Philadelphia was the sight of the first presidential mansion. Also in Philadelphia, Betty Ross made the first American flag. Mostly commonly known, Philadelphia is the place where the Declaration of Independence was singed and is the home of the Liberty Bell.

William Penn Quotes

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."


"Time is what we want the most, but what we use the worst."