Hannah Margaret Penn (Callowhill)

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Hannah Margaret Penn (Callowhill)

Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucester, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Callowhill and Hannah Hollister
Wife of William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania
Mother of John Penn ("the American"); Margaret Freame; Thomas Penn, Sr., Lord Proprietor of Pennsylvania; Col. Gov. Richard Penn; Dennis P Penn and 2 others

Occupation: Effectively administered Province of Pennsylvania for 6 yrs
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About Hannah Margaret Penn (Callowhill)


Hannah Callowhill Penn (11 February 1671 – 20 December 1726) was the second wife of Pennsylvania founder William Penn; she effectively administered the Province of Pennsylvania for six years after her husband suffered a series of strokes and then for another eight years after her husband's death. She served as acting proprietor from 1712 until her death in 1726.

Miss Callowhill was born in Bristol, England, the daughter of Thomas Callowhill, a merchant there. A Quaker, she married William Penn March 5, 1696, when she was 24 and he was 52. She was pregnant with their first of eight children when the couple embarked from England for their three-month voyage to America in 1699. She lived in great style, both in Philadelphia and at Pennsbury Manor, a beautiful estate located in Bucks County, on the Delaware River. When William Penn died at age 73 on July 30, 1718, his will gave Hannah Penn full control of the colony and his fortune. William Penn's oldest son by his first marriage, William Penn, Jr., sought to dismiss his father's will in order to obtain control of the colony. His suit was unsuccessful, and Hannah Penn remained in charge of the colony until she died from a stroke at age 55. Her deputy in Pennsylvania from 1718 till 1727 was Sir William Keith.


John Penn ("the American") (1699-1746), never married.
Thomas Penn (1702-1775), married Lady Juliana Fermore, fourth daughter of Thomas, first Earl of Pomfret.
Margaret Penn (b. 1704)
Richard Penn, Sr. (1706-1771)
Dennis Penn (b. 1707, d. before 1727)
Hannah Margarita Penn (b. 1708)


Hannah Penn is one of the few individuals and the first woman granted the status of Honorary Citizen of the United States, awarded her by Presidential Proclamation by an Act of Congress (PL. 98-516) by Ronald Reagan on November 28, 1984.

When William Penn was laying out the city of Philadelphia in the early 1680s, he named Callowhill Street in his wife's honor. Similarly, a street in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, is also named in her honor.

A middle school in York, Pennsylvania, is named in her honor. http://1490newsblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/hannah-penn-portrait-unveiled.html

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Hannah Margaret Penn (Callowhill)'s Timeline

December 22, 1663
Knightwick, Worcester, England
February 11, 1671
Bristol, Gloucester, England, (Present UK)
April 4, 1672
Age 1
England, (Present UK)
November 11, 1695
Age 24
England, (Present UK)
November 30, 1699
Age 28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 9, 1702
Age 31
Bristol, Gloucester, London, England
July 30, 1703
Age 32
Bristol, Gloucester, London, England
November 7, 1704
Age 33
Bucks Co, PA
January 17, 1705
Age 33
February 26, 1706
Age 35