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Thomas Paine
(English Writer)

Date of Birth:
January 29, 1737

Date of Death:
June 8, 1809


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Thomas Paine was an English pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, classical liberal, inventor and intellectual. He lived and worked in Britain until the age of 37, when he migrated to the American colonies just in time to take part in the American Revolution. His main contribution was as the author of the powerful, widely read pamphlet, Common Sense , advocating independence for the American Colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis, a series of pamphlets distributed between 1776-1783 that supported the Revolution.

Later, Paine was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment. Despite an inability to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. Regarded as an ally of the Girondists, he was seen with increasing disfavour by the Montagnards and in particular by Robespierre.

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