John Penn (1760-1834)
Lt.-Colonel John Penn Jr., M.P., of Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
He and his cousin, John Penn, the last Colonial Governor of Pennsylvania, held 24-million acres in Pennsylvania which the Pennsylvania Legislature confiscated after the American Revolution. He lived in Pennsylvania from 1783 to 1788, where he built a house called "The Solitude" before returning to Stoke Park in England which he had inherited from his father. Using his compensation of £130,000 (ten percent of the value of his land in Pennsylvania) from the U.S. government plus an annuity of £4,000 granted from the British, he set about rebuilding Stoke Park as it is seen today. He died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother, Granville.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 01/11/2018 and last updated on 07/07/2020.