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Founded by and when William Penn founded the Pennsylvania colony on April 2 1681 Nationalities of Immigrants The English French Irish Scottish and the Welsh came to Pennsylvania Religions The religions that were included in Pennsylvania were Christians Quaker Which was William Penns religion Jews Lutherans Roman Catholics Native American Groups Some of the tribes surrounding Pennsylvania were the Susquehannocks and the Lenapes Form of Government Legislative The legislative branch called the General Assembly meets each year on the first Tuesday in January It consists of a Senate of 50 members and a House of Representatives of 203 members The senators are elected for four years and the representatives for two years Judicial The state judiciary consists of a Supreme Court of seven justices a superior court of ten and commonwealth courts All judges in the courts are elected for ten-year terms On the local level there are judicial districts usually corresponding with counties and a variety of lower courts Local Governments The 67 counties of Pennsylvania make up the basic local units of government A three-member Board of County Commissioners who are each elected for four years governs most counties Various other county officials also are elected A few counties have adopted an executive form of government Below the county level the state is divided into cities boroughs and townships The 52 cities each have a population of at least 10000 people and are governed by a mayor and a city council elected for four years In Philadelphia which in 1854 expanded to include the whole of Philadelphia County the city government has replaced the former county government By Pennsylvania law a borough may become a city when it has reached a population of 10000 but many eligible boroughs have not made this change because it requires a more expensive form of government There are nearly 970 boroughs in the state most of which are small urban
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