A common misconception is that the smiling Quaker shown on boxes of Quaker Oats is William Penn.
At this meeting William Penn expressed concern over wearing a sword (a standard part of dress for people of Penn's station), and how this was not in keeping with Quaker beliefs.
William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Its founder, English reformer William Penn, born on October 14, 1644, in London, England, named it in honor of his father. Persecuted in England for his Quaker faith, Penn came to America in 1682 and established Pennsylvania as a place where people could enjoy freedom of religion.
William Penn was born in London, England, on October 14, 1644. The son of an admiral and landowner, he was educated in theology and the law. In his twenties he converted to the Quaker religion and was jailed several times for his resistance to the Church of England.Apr 2, 2014
William Penn was the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and the leader of the Quaker religious community. Before all that, he was born into a wealthy English family in 1644. His father was the Lord Admiral, or the leader of the English navy.
William Penn, (born October 14, 1644, London, England—died July 30, 1718, Buckinghamshire), English Quaker leader and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a refuge for Quakers and other religious minorities of Europe.
William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was the son of Sir William Penn, and was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker, and founder of the State of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.