The Boston Spectator

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Thomas Paine

Thomas Payne was an important bookseller and publisher in 18th-century London. He was born in Brackley, Northamptonshire. From 1750 he ran a shop at Mews Gate in Castle Street near Leicester Fields (the site is now occupied by the National Gallery). The premises were notoriously small, but exceptionally popular with the literati of that period. He wrote an impressive brochure called "common sense" which changed the way everyone saw Britain.

General George Washington

George Washington first president of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".