John Penn
John Penn
Born(1741-05-17)May 17, 1741
DiedSeptember 14, 1788(1788-09-14) (aged 47)
Resting placeGuilford Courthouse National Military Park
Known forsigner of the United States Declaration of Independence

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.


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.


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

He served in the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1780.


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]

See also