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Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The state is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. Pennsylvania is the 33rd-largest state by area, and the 6th-most populous state according to the last official U.S. Census count in 2010.

Birthplace of

Gary Becker, Gary Stanley Becker, in Pottsville, on 2 Dec 1930
Thomas DiLorenzo, Thomas James DiLorenzo, on 8 Aug 1954
John Taylor Gatto, in Monongahela, on 15 Dec 1935
Jane Jacobs, Jane Butzner, in Scranton, on 4 May 1916
Felix Morley, Felix Muskett Morley, in Haverford, on 6 Jan 1894
Albert Jay Nock, in Scranton, on 13 Oct 1870
Ron Paul, Ronald Ernest Paul, in Pittsburgh, on 20 Aug 1935
Lawrence Reed, Lawrence W. Reed, on 29 Sep 1953
Jacob Sullum, Jacob Z. Sullum, in Wilkes-Barre, on 5 Sep 1965

Deathplace of

Paul L. Poirot, in Lewisburg, on 17 Feb 2006
Hans Sennholz, in Grove City, on 27 Jun 2007

Conferences and Conventions

Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania 2005 Annual Convention, in Harrisburg, from 29 Apr to 1 May 2005
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, 2006 Libertarian Party of PA Convention, in State College, from 4 Mar to 5 Mar 2006

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Pennsylvania | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 26, fiscal policy rank: 13, regulatory policy rank: 37, personal freedom rank: 23, economic freedom rank: 30
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 756


Benjamin Franklin: The Man Who Invented the American Dream, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Apr 1997
Lengthy biographical essay, including a section on the posthumous publication and reaction to Franklin's Autobiography
Franklin thought college education should be available to people in Pennsylvania ... He ... wrote a pamphlet, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania. ... In 1749, Franklin was elected the first president of this new Academy, helping to recruit trustees, raise money, rent a house, and hire teachers. The Academy prospered and went on to become the University of Pennsylvania. ... By the time Franklin had become famous for his experiments on electricity, he was in the thick of Pennsylvania politics. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in August 1751.
Bureaucracy and the Civil Service in the United States, by Murray Rothbard, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1995
Historical account of the evolution of the United States Civil Service and attempts to reform it, from its beginnings through the early 20th century
... in a fascinating provision unique to Pennsylvania, a council of censors was supposed to meet every seven years to review the actions of the state government in the preceding years and to see whether and where it had exceeded its constitutional powers, from which a new constitutional convention to correct these excesses might be chosen.
"Free-Speech Zone", by James Bovard, The American Conservative, 15 Dec 2003
Provides various examples of "free speech zone" incidents as well as reactions in the U.S. and overseas
When Bush came to the Pittsburgh area on Labor Day 2002, ... retired steel worker Bill Neel was there to greet him with a [protest] sign ... The local police, at the Secret Service's behest, set up a "designated free-speech zone" on a baseball field surrounded by a chain-link fence a third of a mile from the location of Bush's speech. ... Neel refused to go to the designated area and was arrested ... Pennsylvania district judge Shirley Rowe Trkula threw out the disorderly conduct charge against Neel, declaring, "I believe this is America. Whatever happened to 'I don't agree with you, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it'?"

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pennsylvania" as of 6 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.