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Hannah Callowhill Penn

 
 
Hannah Callowhill Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
1. Hannah Callowhill Penn Marker
Inscription. Born in 1671, she married William Penn, 1696. They lived at Pennsbury, and in the Slate Roof House here, 1699–1701. During his final illness, 1712–18, and until her death, 1726, she was Pennsylvania’s acting proprietor. She was the only woman to control a British proprietary colony for so long.
 
Erected 2000 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.844′ N, 75° 8.652′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South 2nd Street south of Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. It is at the site of the Slate Roof House. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Bond House (a few steps from this marker); The City Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Exchange (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fraunces Tavern (about 400 feet away); Tun Tavern (about 500 feet away); Pennsylvania Abolition Society (about 500 feet away); Lorenzo L. Langstroth (about 500 feet away); Mechanics' Union of Trade Associations (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
Marker and the Thomas Bond House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
2. Marker and the Thomas Bond House
Welcome Park, the plaza on the right, is where the Slate Roof House stood.

1. Hannah Callowhill Penn - Wikipedia entry. “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 in 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 full control of the colony and his fortune to Hannah Penn. William Penn’s oldest son by his first marriage, William Penn, Jr., sought to set aside his father’s will to obtain control of the colony. His suit was unsuccessful and Hannah Penn remained in charge until she died from a stroke at age 55. Her deputy in Pennsylvania from 1718 till 1727 was Sir William Keith.” (Submitted on June 27, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Hannah Callowhill Penn (1671–1726) image. Click for full size.
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3. Hannah Callowhill Penn (1671–1726)
Wife of William Penn; acting proprietor of the Pennsylvania Colony, 1712–1726.
 

2. Hannah Callowhill Penn - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Hannah Callowhill Penn at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
“The Slate Roof House Was Here” image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
4. “The Slate Roof House Was Here”
Welcome Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
5. Welcome Park
The model of the Slate Roof House is on the stone pedestal on the left. 2nd Street is in the distance. The statue of William Penn is on the white pedestal in the center of the park, obscured by the tree.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 871 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 27, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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