William Penn – January 3, 1701

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s January 3, 1701. I’m in the Capitol building of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its state founder and governor, William Penn.

JG: “Governor Penn, what is the key to governing your colony?”

WP: “Mr. Gillespie, thou asketh a fine question. In my book, No Cross, No Crown, I write, ‘If man is not governed by God, he will be governed by tyrants.'”

William Penn established Pennsylvania on this principle and it became one of the key colonies fighting for liberty.

Pennsylvania state motto: Virtue, liberty, and independence

Read the full text of No Cross, No Crown.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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