The Proprietor of Pennsylvania, and Founder of the City of Philadelphia (son of Admiral Penn,) was born in London, October 14, 1644 and was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford University. He imbibed principles of Quakerism, in consequence of which he was twice turned out of doors by his father; in 1668 he preached in public, and began to write a defence of the doctrines he had embraced; for this he was thrice imprisoned; it was during his first imprisonment that he wrote--no cross--no crown. In March, 1681, he obtained from Charles II a grant of the territory which now bears the name of Pennsylvania. In 1682, he embarked for his new Colony, and about the 24th October landed on its shores. After a continuance of two years in the province he returned to England; in 1689 again sailed for Pennsylvania, and returned to England in 1701, and fixed his residence at Rushcomb, in Buckinghamshire, where he spent the remainder of his days. He died July 5th, 1718, aged 74 years. [P. 5.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.