Pastorius, Francis Daniel

Pastorius, Francis Daniel

(?1651–?1720) lawyer; born in Sommerhausen, Germany. He studied at several European universities and practiced law in Frankfurt, Germany, where he met friends of William Penn. In 1683, acting as agent for a group of German Quakers, he journeyed to Philadelphia, bought 15,000 acres from Penn, and laid out the settlement of Germantown. He was the first mayor of the new town and master of the Germantown school from 1702–19. In 1688 he signed the first antislavery petition to circulate in the English colonies.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.