Col. Gov. Richard Penn

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Richard Penn, Jr.

Death: Died in England
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Gov. Richard Penn and Hannah Penn
Husband of Mary Penn
Father of William Penn; Richard Penn, III; Hannah Penn; Mary Penn and Rose Penn
Brother of Hannah Penn; Col. Gov. John Penn and William Penn
Half brother of John Penn

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About Col. Gov. Richard Penn

Richard Penn, Jr. 1735-1811 England

Parents: Richard Penn, Sr. 1705-1771 and Hannah Lardner c.1710-

Wife: Mary Masters 1756-1829


  1. William 1776-1845
  2. Richard Penn, III c.1777-
  3. Hannah c.1778-
  4. Mary c.1779-
  5. Rose c.1780-

Richard Penn, Jr. (27 May 1735 – 27 May 1811, Richmond, Surrey, England) served as the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania from 1771 to 1773, and was later a member of the British Parliament.

Penn, of Laleham in Middlesex, was the second son of Richard Penn, Sr. (1706–1771) and the grandson of the William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.

On 21 May 1772, at Christ Church, Philadelphia, he married Mary "Polly" Masters, daughter of the late William Masters of Philadelphia. The bride's mother gave them a splendid city house as a wedding present. Penn entertained members of the Continental Congress at his Philadelphia city house, a Virginia delegate, Colonel George Washington, being among his guests.

With the coming of the Revolution, he retired and returned to England in the summer of 1775, when the Continental Congress entrusted him with the Olive Branch Petition to the King. George III refused to accept the petition, but Penn gave evidence to the House of Lords on the colonies' attitudes toward independence.After the conclusion of the American Revolution, he was allowed compensation by the US government for the loss of his proprietary rights in Pennsylvania, and visited Philadelphia again in 1808.

Penn's city house later served as the presidential mansion of George Washington and John Adams, 1790-1800.


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Col. Gov. Richard Penn's Timeline

May 27, 1735
May 21, 1772
Age 36
June 23, 1776
Age 41
North Carolina, United States
Age 41
Age 42
Age 43
Age 44
Age 75