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Penn, William

(1644–1718). B. Tower Hill, London, Eng.; studied at Oxford, where he was dismissed 1661 for refusal to conform to Anglicanism; Quaker; anti-Trinitarian; imprisoned for nonconformity 1667, 1669, 1670; received grant of lands now constituting Delaware and Pennsylvania in satisfaction of his father's claims against the king; in Am. 1682–84, 1699–1701; made the colony a refuge for Quakers and others in search of liberty of conscience; developed good relations with Indians. See also Friends, Society of.


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