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Sir William Penn
Birth: Apr. 23, 1621
Death: Sep. 16, 1670

British Admiral, and Father of the American Quaker William Penn. He was a parlamentarian in the English Civil War, commanding the naval forces of Oliver Cromwell. On Cromwell's death he offered the fleet to King Charles II, and built a close relationship with the King. He captured the island of Jamaica from the Spanish and, as its first British governor, stripped it of its wealth, causing terrible hardship for its people. He loaned the majority of this wealth to fund the King's building plans but, on his death, his son requested repayment of the loan. The King, having no money to repay this debt, offered William Penn land in America on the condition that it was named after the Admiral. The State of Pennsylvania (Penn's Woods) still incorporates the coat of arms of the Admiral in its official State Flag.  (bio by: julia&keld) 
 
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  William Penn (1644 - 1718)*
 
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St Mary Redcliffe Churchyard
Redcliffe
Bristol Unitary Authority
Bristol, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: julia&keld
Record added: Jun 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27927359
Sir William Penn
Added by: julia&keld
 
Sir William Penn
Added by: julia&keld
 
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My 9th Great Grandfather, thank you for your life and bravery~
- kendy49
 Added: Mar. 7, 2015

- candace tuggle
 Added: Feb. 24, 2015
Rest In Peace
- poddop
 Added: Sep. 16, 2014
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