Thomas Paine Biography

Thomas Paine was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read of his powerful pamphlet Common Sense, which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis was a prorevolutionary pamphlet series. Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain."

Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Thomas Paine
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Pamphleteer, Inventor, Author
Religion:
Deism
Date of Birth:
February 9, 1737
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
June 8, 1809
Age at Death:
72
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