William Penn

Journalist, minister, missionary, and Quaker—English-born William Penn is best known for his royal charter in 1681 to form a new colony in America, Pennsylvania, a refuge for religious freedom!

It was while managing his father’s property in Ireland, that Penn met Quaker preachers who inspired his conversion to the Society of Friends. In the years that followed, he was imprisoned for his writings in a life-long fight for persecuted religious groups. William Penn relied heavily on the Bible as the source for his prolific writings over the years.

In words recorded shortly before his death on July 30, 1718, he said his goodbyes to friends with words paraphrased from Psalm 121:7–8 and Hebrews 13:20: “My love is with you; the Lord preserve you, and remember me in the Everlasting Covenant.”

Share

More Book Minute Features

October 15, 2018

Phillis Wheatley

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery and became the first African American to publish a book of poetry. She was bought by John and Susanna...
October 08, 2018

A Presidential Month

October is the most prolific month of the year to celebrate the birthdays of US Presidents—John Adams, Rutherford Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roos...
October 01, 2018

Lands of the Bible: Virtual Reality

Last year, a record-breaking number of people visited Israel—more than 3 million—800,000 of which were Americans; a number that keeps increasing. But...

Click to Expand