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John Penn (May 17, 1741 – September 14, 1788) was a signer of both the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina. Contents [hide] 1 Early life 1.1 Relations 2 Political career 3 Legacy 4 References 5 External links Early life
Penn was born near Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia, an only child of Moses Penn and Catherine [Taylor] Penn. He attended at common school for only two years as his father did not consider education to be important. At age 18, after his father's death, Penn privately read law with his uncle, Edmund Pendleton. He became a lawyer in Virginia in 1762. In 1774, Penn moved to the Williamsboro, North Carolina area, where he practiced law. Relations On July 28, 1763, Penn married Susannah Lyne. The couple had two children. Their daughter, Lucy, married John Taylor of Caroline, a political leader from Virginia. Political career
Penn was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress and elected by that body to the Continental Congress in 1775, serving until 1780. For the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, he was part of the North Carolina delegation that included Joseph Hewes and William Hooper. In 1777, Penn was one of the state's signers of the Articles of Confederation. Penn also served on the Board of War until 1780, when he retired to once again practice law. He served as receiver of taxes for North Carolina in 1784. When Penn died in 1788, he was buried on his estate near Island Creek, in Granville County. Penn was re-interred in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in 1894, alongside fellow congressional delegate, Hooper. Legacy
The naval ship USS John Penn was named in his honor. An historical highway marker honoring Penn was the first one erected by the State of North Carolina (January 10, 1936) References
^ DSDI 1776 ^ USS John Penn (AP-51/APA-23), Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division, Washington ^ North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program External links
Biography by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, 1856 Biography and portrait at USHistory.org John Penn (Continental Congress) at Find a Grave Historical Highway Marker in North Carolina
John Penn (May 17, 1741 – September 14, 1788), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of North Carolina along with Joseph Hewes and William Hooper. Penn was distantly related to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.
He was born near Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia to Moses Penn and Catherine Taylor, and educated at home with only a couple years of formal schooling. At age 18, after his father's death, he studied law privately with his relative Edmund Pendleton. He became a lawyer in Virginia in 1762, and, in 1774, moved to near Williamsboro in Granville County, North Carolina where he also practiced law. (Williamsboro is now part of Vance County, which was partitioned from Granville following the Civil War.)
On July 28, 1763, he married Susannah Lyne. The couple had three children: William who never married and Lucy who married John Taylor of Caroline, another fatherless relative trained in the law by Edmund Pendleton.
He was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress and elected by that body to the Continental Congress in 1775 until 1780. He also served on the Board of War until 1780, when he retired to the practice of law. In 1777, he was one of the North Carolina signers of the Articles of Confederation. He was receiver of taxes for North Carolina in 1784. Upon his death in 1788, he was buried on his estate near Island Creek in Granville County but he was reinterred in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in 1894 alongside fellow delegate William Hooper.
The naval ship USS John Penn was named in his honor.
SIGNED the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE
- ID: I13539
- Name: John PENN 1
- Sex: M
- Reference Number: P13539
Signer of Declaration of Independence
Father: Moses PENN
Mother: Catherine TAYLOR b: 30 DEC 1719
Marriage 1 Susannah LYNNE
1. Title: Chenoweth.FTW
Text: Date of Import: Jul 24, 2000
up-dated 31 july 2008 Pam Reg Lib CH JRTM
* Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
* Han Co Hist Soc Bull 1969 - 1987 v. 1 p. 158 Wickham, Lois
re Lucy, who inherited land from her un-married brother, Wm: 12 Sept 1802 deed. part of Hornequarter, in King Wm Co, from John Nelson, son of Thomas, and also Hanover Quarter - which is deeded to Lucy's son Edmund Taylor.
buried near Island Creek, remains moved in 1894 to Guilford Battle Ground,
He was a lawyer; signer of the Declaration of Independence representing the Virginia Colony.
* John Penn, 1741-1788, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the head of North Carolina's powerful Board of War, 1780-1781.
-------------------- John Penn (May 17 </wiki/May_17>, 1741 </wiki/1741>–September 14 </wiki/September_14>, 1788 </wiki/1788>), was a signer of the United States </wiki/United_States> Declaration of Independence </wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence> as a representative of North Carolina </wiki/North_Carolina>. Penn was distantly related to William Penn </wiki/William_Penn>, founder of Pennsylvania.
In the galaxy of stars which scintillate in the firmament of Caroline's history, there is no luminary which burns with greater brilliance or with steadier flame than that which represents JOHN PENN, patriot, statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
John Edmund Penn, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"'s Timeline
May 17, 1741
Port Royal, Caroline, Virginia
Virginia, United States
July 28, 1763
Granville, Greenville, North Carolina, United States
Caroline, Virginia, United States
Williamsboro, North Carolina, United States
September 14, 1788
Townsville: 'Island Creek', Granville, North Carolina, United States
Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States