George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 16 May 1773]

16. Breakfasted at Chester & Dined at Govr. Penns in Philadelphia.

Richard Penn (1735–1811) was the second son of Richard and Hannah Lardner Penn and the grandson of William Penn. He was appointed lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in 1771 to replace his brother John, who returned to England. Richard served until Aug. 1773, when John returned to America and reclaimed the lieutenant governorship, thereby beginning a bitter feud between the two brothers. Richard returned to England in 1775. The governor’s house, later owned by Robert Morris, was occupied by GW during his presidency.

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