William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) was founder and “Absolute Proprietor” of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future U.S. state of Pennsylvania. He was known as an early champion of democracy and religious freedom and famous for his good relations and his treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, Philadelphia was planned and developed.
Lester, C. Edwards Lester’s History of the United States Vol. I (New York, NY: P. F. Collier, 1883)