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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 12, 2021 03:32 PM
From: Senator Steven J. Santarsiero and Sen. Maria Collett, Sen. Bob Mensch, Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Recognizing May 1, 2021 as “St. Tammany Day” in Pennsylvania
Chief Tamanend, also known as Saint Tammany, was the principal leader of the Lenni-Lenape Tribe, which made their home in the Delaware Valley during the 17th century. It was Chief Tamanend who welcomed William Penn upon his arrival to this region in 1682. Tamanend partnered with Penn to bring about a peace treaty among the Quaker settlers and local Native Americans.
Chief Tamanend was highly regarded for years by local Quakers and other settlers and their descendants. Tamanend was a brave, wise, and virtuous leader, and his own Lenni-Lenape people esteemed his memory by bestowing his name on those that deserved those designations. In the American colonies, he was noted for standing up for the politics of peaceful diplomacy, and he consequently became an American folk hero identified and revered throughout the young nation for both his nobility and his native roots.
After his death in 1701, citizens in all 13 British colonies celebrated him for more than 100 years as the “Patron Saint of America,” as he was revered by many as a symbol of peace. Every May 1st was considered “Saint Tammany Day.”
In Bucks County, archaeologist Henry Mercer learned in 1892 that the chief was buried on Prospect Hill near the intersection of Bristol Road and State Street in New Britain Township. The hilltop was Tamanend’s favorite place to relax and view Neshaminy Creek winding around it.
To acknowledge Chief Tamanend and the values he represented, we will be introducing a resolution recognizing May 1, 2021 as “St. Tammany Day” in Pennsylvania. Please join us in co-sponsoring this important resolution.