George Fox

George Fox

Fenny Drayton, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough, Leicestershire, England
Death 13 Jan 1691 (aged 66)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 8844249 · View Source
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Founder of the Quakers. He was the founder of the Friends of the Truth or the Society of Friends, now better known as the Quakers. He was a child of a serious disposition and a preacher from his late teens. He believed in equality between all men. After preaching for ten years in open fields, streets and other impromptu locations a movement was born around the country. In those days there was only room for one religion and if you did not follow it or go to church you would be arrested and thrown into jail or even shipped abroad as a slave, as hundreds were. Fox was arrested and imprisoned many times for daring to hold a different view from the Church of England. Fox travelled and preached in Barbados, Jamaica, Holland and Germany. In 1661 he travelled with his friend William Penn to America to set up a Quaker movement there; Penn took over the leadership of the Quakers in 1667, while Fox carried on as a travelling preacher. In 1681 King Charles II gave Penn 45,000 square miles of land south of New York in payment for a debt that the crown owed to Penn's late father, Admiral Sir William Penn. The family name was used in naming the new colony – Pennsylvania. Penn was present when George Fox was buried at Bunhill Fields in 1691.

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