Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Day In History: William Penn's Birthday

Where would the great state of Pennsylvania be without its founder, William Penn? He purchased the land that would become Pennsylvania and named it in his father's honor. Penn emigrated to America seeking religious tolerance and a place to practice his Quaker beliefs, for which he had been imprisoned a number of times in England. Penn served as the governor of Pennsylvania for two years, but eventually moved back and forth between the U.S. and England.

Celebrate the birth anniversary of William Penn, born on this day in 1644, with some Library resources about him and our Commonwealth!

Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn
by Gwenyth Swain
E-BOOK (Online)

William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania, 1680-1684
by Jean R. Soderlund
E-BOOK (Online)

William Penn, Politics and Conscience
by Mary Maples Dunn
JC 153 .P4 D8 Stacks

Penn Pictures: The Founder of Pennsylvania
by Irwin Richman
F 152.2 .R57 Stacks

William Penn's Holy Experiment: The Founding of Pennsylvania, 1681-1701
by Edwin B. Bronner
F 152 .B84 Stacks

William Penn: A Biography
by Catherine Owens Peare
F 152.2 .P34 Stacks

Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims
by William Penn
E-BOOK (Online)

To locate primary source documents and articles about William Penn, use the "person" search option in the History Resource Center: U.S. database.

Image courtesy of:
"Penn, William." Online Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica. Online. 28 Sept. 2009 <>

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