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Thomas Paine’s Short Bio

August 31, 2010

If you have been the victim of government education, then you may be asking yourself…”who in the hell is Thomas Paine.” Well, I will do my best to explain who Mr. Paine was, while he still had a heartbeat. I do not want to talk too much about the zombie, since he is sitting right next to me. I will only tell you that he needs some deodorant.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine was born in England in the county of Norfolk in the year 1737. Thomas moved to the American colonies in the year 1774 and participated in the American Revolution. Mr. Paine learned a trade as a corset maker (also known as a stay-maker), but later held many jobs from privateer, a school teacher in London, and a minister in the Church of England.

Mr. Paine became a friend of Benjamin Franklin while he was in London, and Franklin told Paine he should move to the American colonies for a fresh start. Mr. Paine barely survived the voyage, but arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a letter of recommendation from Franklin.

Paine became famous for his revolutionary pamphlet, Common Sense (1776). Some call Paine the “father of the American Revolution,” but there is debate on that title within the community of historians. Paine’s pamphlet sold over 100,000 copies in the American colonies. That does not sound like a lot of copies sold compared to today’s standards, but you have to remember that there were only 2 million people living in the American colonies at the time.

Paine remained an important figure in the American Revolution, and later played a part in the French Revolution as well. Paine lived a long and interesting life, and I will tell you stories from his life, mixed in with his views of modern politics. Thank you for reading.

-Cotton Mather

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