Thomas Paine

By: Sydney Flory

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford England January 29, 1737. As a young man, he was unsuccessful in school and decided to become an apprentice stay maker for his father. On September 27, 1759 he married Mary Lambert. The next year Thomas lost Mary and their unborn child during childbirth. At the age of 34, Thomas married Elizabeth Ollive, they had a short 3 year marriage and separated June 4th 1774. Even though Thomas had a stressful personal life, he was a successful editor and writer for the Pennsylvania Magazine.