Profession: English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
Why Famous: An early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He was an early champion of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed.
- 1681-03-04 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
- 1682-06-18 William Penn founds Philadelphia, US
- 1682-08-24 Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn
- 1682-08-30 William Penn leaves England to sail to the New World
- 1682-10-26 William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
- 1682-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn
- 1682-10-29 William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania
- 1683-06-23 William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken"
- 1700-05-07 William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
- 1701-11-08 William Penn presents Charter of Privileges
- 1984-11-28 Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States
- "Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers."