An early American colonist, Quaker writer, and minister, William Penn was born in London, England, in 1644 to Sir William Penn and Margaret Jasper. As an exalted admiral in the English Navy, Sir William Penn provided his son with a life of luxury, often attending royal events. Shortly after enrolling in Christ Church College, University of Oxford, Penn was exposed to Quakerism for the first time. He noted the peaceful nature of the religion and the Quakers’ emphasis on nonviolence and humanism. Penn was expelled from Oxford for refusing to ...

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