John Penn (writer)

John Penn (Writer)

John Penn (writer)

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John Penn (aka "John Penn, Jr.", "John Penn of Stoke") (February 22, 1760, London, England – June 21, 1834, Stoke Poges) was an Anglo-American writer, a part proprietor of the Province of Pennsylvania (now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state of the United States), and a governor of the Isle of Portland.


John Penn was the son of Thomas Penn and his wife Juliana (the daughter of Thomas Fermor, first earl of Pomfret), elder brother to Granville Penn, and a grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. He was sent to school at Eton College. On the death of his father in 1775, John Penn succeeded to his father's interests, but, with his cousin, also named John Penn ("John Penn the Governor"), lost the proprietorship by the American Revolution. In 1776 he entered Clare College, Cambridge as a fellow commoner. He made an extended visit to Pennsylvania (1783–88), renting a Philadelphia city house, and designing and building a country house, The Solitude, which survives on the grounds of the Philadelphia Zoo. He returned to England in 1789 with 130,000 pounds compensation for the loss of the family's in Pennsylvania. With the money he rebuilt the mansion in the family estate of Stoke Park.

in 1798 he was appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Helston from 1802 to 1805. In 1805 he became governor of...
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