Hannah Penn (1664–1726)
Hannah Callowhill Penn grew up in Bristol, England, in a prosperous Quaker family. Her father owned a successful button business and her mother took an active role in community life by helping poor people find jobs and providing money for those in need. Under her parents influence Hannah developed a solid grounding in business management, accounting, and organization skills. When she married William Penn in 1696 (she was his second wife and junior by nearly three decades), Hannah was well prepared to assume substantial domestic and public responsibilities, managing large homes with many servants and a growing family in England and in Pennsylvania.