Richard Penn Sr.

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Richard Penn Sr.
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Born17 January 1706
Bristol, England
Died4 February 1771 (aged 65)
England
Parents

Richard Penn Sr. (17 January 1706 – 4 February 1771) was a proprietary and titular governor of the province of Pennsylvania and the counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex (which three now comprise the state of Delaware) on the Delaware River from 1746 to 1771.

Life[edit]

Born in Bristol, England, Penn was the third son of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, and his second wife Hannah Margaret Callowhill. He married Hannah, daughter of John Lardner, and had two sons, John and Richard, both of whom also served as provincial governors of Pennsylvania.

On 12 May 1732, Penn with his brothers John and Thomas as the proprietors of Pennsylvania, signed an order to create a commission. This order was directed to Governor Gordon, Isaac Norris, Samuel Preston, James Logan, and Andrew Hamilton, Esquires, and to the gentlemen James Steel and Robert Charles. The commission, which was to be made up of at least three or more of these individuals, was given full power on behalf of the proprietors for the "running, marking, and laying out" of any boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. This was in accordance to the agreement signed between the Penn brothers and Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore on 10 May 1732.[1]

Penn died in England on 4 February 1771.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Proud, Robert (1798). The History of Pennsylvania in North America From the Original Institution and Settlement of that Province, Under the First Proprietor and Governor William Penn, in 1681, till after the year 1742: With an Introduction Respecting the Life of W. Penn, Prior to the Grant of the Province, and the Religious Society of the People Called Quakers, with the First Rise of the Neighbouring Colonies, More Particularly of West-New-Jersey and the Settlement of the Dutch and Swedes on Delaware. To Which is Added a Brief Description of the said Province, and the General State in which it Flourished, Principally between the years 1760-1770. With an Appendix. Written principally between the years 1776 and 1780. Philadelphia, PA: Zachariah Paulson Jr. pp. 206–219.

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Attribution

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