Colonial Quaker leader whose strong beliefs in democracy and religious freedom led to the formation of the state of Pennsylvania.
He lost all of his hair due to a case of pox when he was a child.
In 1668 he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after writing a pamphlet criticizing the Catholic Church.
His father, Sir William Penn, was a member of the House of Commons from 1660 to 1670.
He read a lot of William Shakespeare for his studies.
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