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Three hundred years later, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn were made honorary citizens of the United States by act of Congress.
On May 8, 1985, they were also granted honorary citizenship by Pennsylvania.
He used his inherited wealth and rank to benefit and protect his fellow believers.
By the time of Penn's return to England late in 1684, the foundations of the Quaker Province were well established.It was to include the land between the 39th and 42nd degrees of north latitude and from the Delaware River westward for five degrees of longitude.Other provisions assured its people the protection of English laws and, to a certain degree, kept it subject to the government in England. In 1682 the Duke of York deeded to Penn his claim to the three lower counties on the Delaware, which are now the state of Delaware.The Society's rejections of rituals and oaths, its opposition to war, and its simplicity of speech and dress soon attracted attention, usually hostile.King Charles II owed William Penn £16,000, money which his late father Admiral Sir Penn had lent him.