“To Apply Thy Best Endeavors”: The Political Influence of Hannah Penn
By claire devinney
Claire DeVinney is a junior at Millersville University majoring in Atlantic World Studies and minoring in Spanish. She began this project while taking HIST 453: Indians and Colonists in Colonial Pennsylvania. Through researching Hannah Callowhill Penn’s proprietary control of Pennsylvania after the death of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, Claire seeks to explore populist trends in colonial Pennsylvania government and culture and to reveal and analyze Hannah Callowhill Penn’s political influence and motivations as Atlantic colonies became more independent of their European originators. Claire has presented some of her findings at the American Historical Association 2023 Annual Meeting, and plans to refine and expand her research through her Honors thesis process.