William Penn, 1644 – 1718

October 14, 1644: Birthdate of William Penn founder of Pennsylvania. The Quaker leader, formerly of London, England, founded a colony in America that adopted the Great Law, a humanitarian code which became the fundamental basis of Pennsylvania law and which guaranteed liberty of conscience. This liberal fundamental law made Pennsylvania an early home to many non-conformists including Jewish settlers. (Mitchell Levin)

William Penn is characterized by historians as a Real Estate Entrepreneur – one with inclusive values when it came to people of different religions and creeds.

Pictured here is a block of 4, 3-cent stamps (Scott No. 724) issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1932 commemorating the 250th anniversary of Penn’s arrival on American soil:




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