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Corbetts unveil Capitol portrait of Hannah Penn

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The first woman to govern Pennsylvania will be honored with her own portrait at the state Capitol.

Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett on Wednesday unveiled a portrait of Hannah Callowhill Penn that will be placed in the Governor's Office, marking the first time a portrait of a woman will be displayed among the portraits of Pennsylvania's founders and former governors.

Hannah Penn, William Penn's second wife, governed the Pennsylvania colony for six years after her husband was incapacitated by a stroke in 1712. After her husband died, she governed for another eight years in her own name.

"We are correcting history by giving Hannah Penn her proper place within the Governor's Office. She deserves this honor," Corbett said. "Now, our daughters and granddaughters will know about Hannah Penn's legacy and that women were leading the way and making a difference at a time in history when women lacked full rights."

Hannah Penn's portrait will be on display for the public in the Governor's Reception Room until summer. It will then be placed in the Governor's Office.


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