1 Timeline: William Penn

For Our Little Ones

William Penn became a Quaker when a young man.  It took great courage, since the king wanted everyone to worship at his church.  Penn was later given land in America and strove to be fair to all religions and peoples, including Native Americans.  Penn wrote the Charter of Privileges which provided fair rules for everyone and was a baseline for our Constitution.


Holy Experiment

Willima Penn Religious Revolutionary

In Penn’s Shadow (definitely worth watching)


PENN, William, founder of Pennsylvania, born in London, England, 14 October, 1644; died in Ruscombe, Berkshire, 30 July, 1718. He was descended from an ancient family that had lived in Buckinghamshire for many generations. A branch settled in Wiltshire, near Mintyre, and from this was descended Admiral William Penn, the father of the founder, who was born in Bristol in 1621. He joined a vessel early in life under his father’s command, and became a captain before he was twenty years of age. In 1643 he married Margaret Jasper, daughter of a rich merchant of Rotterdam, and then settled in London. After a year of fashionable life he returned to active service, and was given command of the “Fellowship.” With unusual rapidity he attained the ranks of rear-admiral and vice-admiral of Ireland, and in 1652 he was vice-admiral of England. He served as general in the first Dutch war, and in 1664 he was chosen great captain-commander under the Duke of York, afterward James II., and was knighted. He died at his home in Wanstead, Essex, on 16 September, 1670. (See “Memorials of the Professional Life of Admiral Sir William Penn,” by Granville Penn, London, 1833.)  see more http://www.williampenn.org/

Critical Thinking Skill Questions:

  1. Are you like William Penn?
  2. How are you like William Penn?
  3. Would you have moved to North America in Penn’s time?
  4. Why do you think he accepted the land?
  5. What do you think he found there?



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