John Penn (North Carolina politician)

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John Penn
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John Penn
Born(1741-05-17)May 17, 1741
DiedSeptember 14, 1788(1788-09-14) (aged 47)
Resting placeGuilford Courthouse National Military Park
Occupationlawyer
Known forsigner of the United States Declaration of Independence
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John Penn (May 17, 1741 – September 14, 1788) was a Founding Father of the United States who signed both the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a delegate of North Carolina.

Life[edit]

Penn was born near Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia, an only child of Moses Penn and Catherine [Taylor] Penn. He attended at common school for two years as his father did not consider education to be important.[1] At age 18, after his father's death, Penn privately read law with his uncle, Edmund Pendleton. He became a lawyer in Virginia in 1762. In 1774, Penn moved to the Stovall, North Carolina area, where he practiced law until his death in 1788.

Relations[edit]

On July 28, 1763, Penn married Susannah Lyne. The couple had three children.[2] Their daughter, Lucy, married John Taylor of Caroline, a political leader from Virginia.

Political career[edit]

He served in the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1780.

Legacy[edit]

The naval ship USS John Penn was named in his honor.[3]

A historical highway marker honoring Warner was erected in Stovall, North Carolina and was the first one erected by the State of North Carolina (January 10, 2020)[4]


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