Historical People

By: Lauren DeStefano and Luisa Esparza

Thomas Paine - Luisa

  • Born on January 9, 1737 in a small farming village located in Thetford, England
  • Son of Joseph Paine and Frances Cocke
  • Didn't have any children or a wife since he wasn't successful in anything not even in business that his father had
  • Only successful in writing
  • Moved to the U.S. when the colonist were rebelling against the King
  • Wrote the Common Sense which attacked the king's policies
  • ''Common Sense'', his famous pamphlet led the colonist rebelling against the king
  • When things were looking bad during the Revolution, he wrote another pamphlet ''The American Crisis'' which inspired the soldiers and made them keep going
  • Was a very famous writer during this time and kept writing
  • Was even invited to a convention by the french government
  • Died as an outcast on June 8, 1809

Famous Quotes

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.

These are the times that try men's souls.

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

John Adams - Lauren

  • Born in Braintree which is now Quincy, Massachusetts on October 30, 1735
  • Son of Susanna Boylston and of John Adams, Sr
  • Got married to Abigail Amelia and had five children
  • Was a teacher, farmer, attorney, and politician
  • Also went to Harvard
  • Very successful man
  • Joined the federalist party
  • The second president of the United States of America
  • Was a leading role in the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
  • Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Became vice president before becoming president
  • Had the alien sedition act where if someone talked poorly of him they would be put in jail
  • Kentucky Virginia was where you didn't have to follow the alien sedition act
  • The xyz affair was attempt to restore the calm with the french but it didn't work

Famous Quotes

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

The happiness of society is the end of government.

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.


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