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Thomas Paine Biography
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In alone it is thought to have sold in excess of , copies. Paine narrowly escaped execution. It was while he was in prison that he would write The Age of Reason. However, since he was suffering from a fever, the guards had agreed to keep his door open to allow fresh air into his cell. As a result, the door was chalked — but on the inside.
Thomas Paine was an English born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the rebels in to declare independence from Britain. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and awesome facts about Thomas Paine. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. Born in Thetford in the English county of Norfolk, Paine migrated to the British American colonies in with the help of Benjamin Franklin , arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read, or listened to a reading of, his powerful pamphlet Common Sense, proportionally the all-time best-selling American title, which explained the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain.
Email: info americanhistoryforkids. Most of the Founding Fathers were highly educated, wealthy men who held prominent positions. Thomas Paine was a man of the people. His fiery pamphlet, Common Sense, inspired people everywhere to fight for the cause of liberty. Thomas Paine was born in England in
Born on February 9, according to the Gregorian calendar , Paine was a brilliant essayist whose polarizing pen brought him praise and scorn on both sides of the Atlantic. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, his formal education consisted of a five-year stint at Thetford Grammar School which ended when he began apprenticing under his father—a stay-maker —at age But around that time, Paine was introduced to Benjamin Franklin by their mutual friend, mathematician George Lewis Scott. Franklin encouraged Paine to emigrate to the American colonies, and in , Paine set sail for Philadelphia with a letter of recommendation from Franklin. It instructed Paine to show the document to Franklin's son-in-law, Pennsylvania businessman Richard Bache.