Thomas Paine

1737-1809

Early Life

Born in England; moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774. He worked in America as an editor for the Pennsylvania Newspaper following little success with jobs as a stay maker and officer in England.

Life in Pennsylvania

Paine took an oath of allegiance in January of 1775 to become a citizen of Pennsylvania. After arrival, and after recovering from illness obtained on his voyage, Thomas Paine wrote the best-selling pamphlet Common Sense.
Monument in New Rochelle, New York.

"Common Sense"

'America shouldn't just revolt against taxation, but demand independence!'


Printed January 10, 1776

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Other Essays and Pamphlets

  • "The Age of Reason"
  • "Rights of Man"
  • "African Slavery in America"
  • "The Crisis"

Quotes

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


"Character is much easier kept than recovered"